Cancer Awareness Month Begins in March

Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems will celebrate Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month throughout March to bring support and awareness to colorectal cancer.

Medical Director Kristin Bresowar, MD, says, “Our main priority for this month is bringing awareness to colorectal cancer, and hopefully increasing the screening rates in southwest Virginia in the process.”

Colorectal cancer is cancer that occurs in the colon or rectum. Abnormal growths or polyps can form in the colon or rectum and sometimes turn into cancer. Early screening helps to find polyps for removal, and cancer at early stages of treatment works best.

Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems invites people to recognize this month alongside them to support the 1.4 million people battling colorectal cancer today. One of the biggest events during the month is Dress in Blue Day. On March 4, people across the nation are encouraged to wear blue to show their support and join the mission to end colorectal cancer.

In addition, people can support this cause by volunteering to share their stories, post about Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month on social media, and volunteer at local events.

Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems has locations in Saltville, Meadowview, Tazewell, and Bristol. To schedule an appointment, please contact 276-496-4492.