Worksites Dress in Blue to Raise Awareness

Organizations across Great Falls and Chouteau County 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.
Although some may consider colon cancer an embarrassing topic of conversation, the Great Falls Police and Public Works departments as well as Chouteau County Health Department will be wearing blue and supporting the cause on March 1, 2013 which is national Dress in Blue Day. They know that increasing awareness saves lives! Although colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death and takes a life every 10 minutes in the U.S., it is highly treatable if detected early. It affects both men and women of all racial and ethnic groups. Screening can 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. Colorectal cancer is a very serious, but is a preventable and treatable disease.
“CCHD is working in partnership with the Montana Cancer Control Program toward a future free of colon cancer,” said Penny Paul. “By hosting a local Dress in Blue Day event, these worksites are doing their part to help bring greater awareness to this disease for their employees and the importance of screening in saving lives.”

Dress in Blue Day is a nationwide event that raises awareness 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 awareness 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) 452-0881 x 308