Frankfort Regional Medical Center is encouraging the community to participate in “Dress in Blue Day” on Friday, March 3 for colorectal cancer awareness. As part of Colon Cancer Awareness Month, “Dress in Blue Day” takes place on the first Friday in March and encourages individuals, businesses and community groups to wear blue and raise awareness about the importance of colon cancer screenings.

The American Cancer Society estimates that, in the United States this year, over 150,000 men and women will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer and approximately 50,000 people will die from the disease. Despite its high incidence, colorectal cancer is one of the most detectable and most treatable forms of cancer if it is found early.

"Colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the United States, but when caught and diagnosed early, it can be treated quickly and effectively,” says Laurie Haas, M.D., board certified gastroenterologist. “Early detection of colorectal cancer usually results in long-term survival, so the more we raise awareness, the better the chances the cancer will be found early, and the better the chances for survival."

Colon cancer typically does not produce any symptoms in its earliest states, which is why routine screening is so important. In the absence of symptoms or risk factors, screening should start at age 45 and continue routinely every 10 years. Screenings are recommended sooner if you have a close relative, such as a sibling or parent, who's been diagnosed with colorectal cancer or polyps.

Frankfort Regional Medical Center encourages people to talk to their doctor for information about when to begin colon cancer screening. To find a doctor, call our 24/7 physician referral and health information line at (877) 376-2631 or (502) 226-1655.