Dress In Blue Day a day to wear blue to raise colon cancer awareness. This movement came from the Colon Cancer Alliance and for everyone to wear blue this one day of the month to help raise awareness for colon cancer.
Dress In Blue Day
Date: First Friday in March each year
Company: Colon Cancer Alliance
Web site: ccalliance.org/awareness-month/dress-in-blue-day
March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month. ‘Dress in Blue Day’ was first launched in 2009 by the Colon Cancer Alliance in a massive nationwide campaign to raise awareness of colon cancer. Colon cancer is always known as colorectal cancer. Anita Mitchell is the founder, diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer and lost a close friend and father to the disease
A blue star symbolizes both the memory of loved ones lost to colon cancer, those fighting with the colon and cancer for those future patients of colon cancer too.
Observed on the first Friday of March each year, the Dress in Blue Day program promotes awareness about colon cancer and encourages individuals to get their colon checked. Some businesses and schools will allow students and workers to wear blue on this day for a small fee, such as one dollar. Then the money raised would go to help colon cancer research.
I see a Gastroenterologist on a regular basis. I get both colonoscopy and endoscopy done every five years. After I reach a certain age. That is when, I will have yearly screenings instead. I do have digestive medical issues. I have since I was a teenager.
On Dress in Blue Day, and throughout National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, you can join our mission to end colorectal cancer within our lifetime. By wearing blue and raising funds to support the Colorectal Cancer Alliance, you and your peers become part of a nation of passionate allies, taking on this senseless killer. In 2018, more than 135,000 people will be diagnosed with this highly preventable disease. Tomorrow can’t wait. Visit dressinblueday.org to get started.
The Dress in Blue Day program engages allies with information that saves lives while celebrating survivors and remembering loved ones lost too soon. In addition,
organizing a fundraiser in your community forges stronger bonds between friends and neighbors while supporting the Colorectal Cancer Alliance mission.
How to Help
- Ask friends and family to show their support by wearing blue.
- Hold a contest for the most creative blue outfits.
- Share colorectal cancer awareness materials (on blogs, social media, anywhere you can).
- Decorate your home, workplace, or town in blue lights and blue accents.
- Share why this cause matters with friends, family, and the community.
- Promote the event with flyers, newsletters, verbally, and elsewhere.
- Invite speakers, such as a local gastroenterologist or survivor.
- Print flyers, fact sheets, or other resources to share at the event.
Colorectal Cancer Facts
- Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths.
- 135,000 will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2018.
- Colorectal cancer affects men women equally.
- One in 23 will be diagnosed in 2018.
- 90% of new cases occur in people 50 and older.
- The young-onset rate has increased 51% since 1994.
Wear Blue to raise awareness!
This year, 2018, Dress in Blue Day is March 2, 2018.
Future Dress in Blue Days.
- 2019 – March 1
- 2020 – March 6
- 2021 – March 5
- 2022 – March 4
Past Dress in Blue Days
- 2017 – March 3
Be sure to check out All Things Blue!
For more Information visit CCalliance.org
First Published March 1, 2017. Last updated or republished February 28, 2018. #ColonCancer #Blue #DressInBlueDay #BlueDay #ColonCancerAwareness #Colorectalcancer