Colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum) is the third most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of death from cancers that affect both men and women. Colorectal cancer affects people in all racial and ethnic groups and is most common in people age 50 and older. Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in March is a great time to spread the word about the importance of getting screened for colorectal cancer. With this and other National Health Observance toolkits offered on healthfinder.gov, we’ve made it easier for you to make a difference. The toolkits provide resources for organizations like schools, health care providers, health departments, and more to raise awareness about critical public health issues, like colorectal cancer. This toolkit is full of ideas to help you take action today. For example:
- Add information about colorectal cancer to your newsletter.
- Tweet about Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.
- Host a community event where families can be active while learning about local health resources.
- Add this Web badge to your website.
By raising awareness about colorectal cancer, communities, organizations, and health professionals can take action toward prevention and early detection.