March into Colon Cancer Awareness Month

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month. Buildings will go blue on March 5. March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month. Buildings will go blue on March 5. |  Photo: Colon Cancer Coalition

Colon Cancer Coalition contributed to this report.
Created: February 27, 2018 12:20 PM

Governor Mark Dayton has declared March as Colon Cancer Awareness Month. According to the Colon Cancer Coalition, over 60 landmarks across Minnesota and four neighboring states will be lit blue from dusk to dawn on March 5 to show support for colon cancer survivors and patients.

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The event is also a way of raising awareness about the importance of screening. Colon Cancer is the nation’s second leading cause of cancer deaths for men and women in the United States.

According to a press release from the Colon Cancer Coalition, a non-profit organization based in Minneapolis, screening for this preventable cancer should start at age 50 for those with average risk. Organizers say the screenings should start earlier for African Americans and other ethnic groups, as well as for individuals with a family history of colon cancer or polyps.

One in 20 Americans will be diagnosed with colon cancer in their lifetime, one in 10 of those will be diagnosed under the age of 50.

So what can be done to reduce the risk of colon cancer?

  1. Get screened as recommended, starting at age 50, or earlier for those with certain risk factors.
  2. Maintain a healthy weight, and adopt a physically active lifestyle.
  3. Understand the symptoms, and talk with your doctor if you experience blood in your stool, chronic constipation or unexplained weight loss.
  4. Consume a healthy diet of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, while limiting consumption of red and processed meats.
  5. Limit your alcohol consumption and don’t smoke.

Landmarks in the Northland to be lit blue for colon cancer awareness on Mon., March 5.

Duluth:  City Proclamation from Mayor Larson;  Enger Tower;  Essentia Health Cancer Center at Duluth Clinic First Street; Lake Superior Community Health Center; St. Luke’s Lakeview Clinic Building

Aitkin:  Riverwood Healthcare Center

Bemidji:  Sanford Medical Center

Bigfork:  Scenic Rivers Bigfork Medical

Brainerd:  Essentia Health St. Joseph’s Cancer Center

Cook: Scenic Rivers Cook Medical

Tower:  Scenic Rivers Health Services


Colon Cancer Coalition contributed to this report.

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