Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems will be recognizing the month of March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month to help incite awareness of colon cancer, a disease that can be prevented through screening
One in 20 people will be diagnosed with colon cancer, and it is the second leading cause of overall cancer deaths in the United States.
All throughout the month, patients are encouraged to wear blue to their appointments since blue is the official color of Colorectal Cancer Awareness. On Friday, March 6, 2020, SVCHS is dedicating the day to Colorectal Cancer Awareness. Patients are encouraged to wear blue to their appointments on this day to receive a small gift and to be entered to win a larger door prize. Employees will wear blue ribbons and waiting areas and doors at each site will be decorated in the color blue, as well. Medical providers also will be distributing educational materials and encouraging patients to schedule a colonoscopy (if applicable).
These activities will take place in conjunction with the Colon Cancer Alliance’s National Dress in Blue Day program activities commemorating March as Colon Cancer Awareness Month. National Dress in Blue Day is held on the first Friday in March in communities and offices throughout the nation. The Colon Cancer Alliance first launched the Dress in Blue Day program in 2009 to bring nationwide attention to colon cancer and to celebrate the courage of those affected by the disease.
For more information on SVCHS’ recognition of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, please call 276-496-4492.