Dress in blue day 2017 at speare
Posted on March 10th, 2017 by Speare Memorial Hospital

Speare Participates in National Dress in Blue Day


Dress in blue day 2017 at speareNational Dress in Blue Day is celebrated each year on the first Friday of March. The Colon Cancer Alliance first launched the National Dress in Blue Day program in 2009 to bring national attention to colon cancer and to celebrate the courage of those affected by this disease. Several members of Speare’s staff participate in National Dress in Blue Day (scroll down to see the photos) by wearing blue to help raise public awareness and educate people on the facts about colon cancer and how they can reduce their risk of the disease.

Screening is the number one way you can reduce your risk of colon cancer. Despite its high incidence, colon cancer is unique in that it is one of the most preventable and, if found early, most treatable forms of cancer. And the best part is, screening is easy! From colonoscopy to at-home stool tests, there’s an option for everyone. If you’re over 50, high risk or symptomatic, don’t put it off. Talk to your doctor about getting checked!

Make your appointment for a colonoscopy at Plymouth General Surgery today. Call 603-536-5670 and take advantage of the peace of mind that comes with knowing you have received the most advanced colon cancer and colon polyp screening available in the state of New Hampshire with FUSE, a groundbreaking technology that allows our surgeons to see twice as much of the colon as they could before.

Dress in blue day 2017 at speareWhy do we need to raise awareness about colon cancer?
Colon cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of cancer death. But it doesn’t have to be this way; through screening, it is one of the most preventable diseases.

Facts*:

  • Approximately 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colon cancer every year
  • Colon cancer often has no symptoms until it’s at an advanced stage
  • You can reduce your risk through regular screenings
  • Beginning at age 50 (or earlier if you are high risk), everyone should talk to a doctor about getting a screening test for colon cancer
  • There are currently more than one million colon cancer survivors in the United States

*These statistics were compiled from the American Cancer Society’s Colorectal Cancer Facts & Figures 2014-2016.

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