Creating a Future Free of Colon Cancer

Many organizations across Great Falls are joining the movement to create a healthier work environment through worksite wellness programs. Penny Paul, Community Health Education Specialist for the Cascade City-County Health Department (CCHD), works with some of these sites to determine what activities are a good fit for their workplace. Three of these worksites have committed to wearing blue on March 2, 2012 to help raise awareness of a killer that takes a life every 10 minutes in the United States.

Approximately 142,000 Americans are diagnosed with this disease each year, and it affects both men and women of all racial and ethnic groups. What could be the cause of such staggering statistics? Colorectal cancer is a very serious, but preventable and treatable disease that is responsible for these sobering numbers.

Although some may consider colon cancer an embarrassing topic of conversation, City of Great Falls and Cascade County worksite wellness sites like the Civic Center, Public Works and the Health Department are proud to wear blue and support the cause. They know that increasing awareness saves lives! Although colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S., it is highly treatable if detected early. Screening can also drastically reduce one’s risk of developing this disease. During a colonoscopy, colon polyps can be found and removed before they have a chance to develop into cancer.

“CCHD is working in partnership with the Montana Cancer Control Programs toward a future free of colon cancer,” said Penny Paul. “By hosting a local Dress in Blue Day event, the Civic Center, Public Works and Health Department employees are doing their part to help bring greater awareness to this disease and the importance a screening can play in saving lives.”

Dress in Blue Day is a nationwide event that raises wareness about colon cancer and its prevention. This event is held on the first Friday of March in communities and offices throughout the nation. Americans dress in blue, the nationwide color for colon cancer, to show their support in the fight against this disease and to get people talking about the importance of colon cancer screening.

For more information about Dress in Blue Day or colorectal cancer, please call Penny Paul at (406) 542-0881 x308.

To learn more about cancer screening, including screening for colon cancer, click here.