National 'Dress in Blue Day' slated for March 1
Gundersen Boscobel Hospital and Clinics staff will proudly dress in blue Friday, March 1, to help raise awareness of colon cancer and the importance of timely screenings in preventing the disease.
In 2000, March was designated as National Colon Cancer Awareness month. Since then, it has grown to be the month when patients, survivors, caregivers and advocates throughout the area come together to increase colon cancer awareness.
"Fewer than half of at-risk Americans have regular screenings, despite colon cancer being among the more deadly, yet preventable, forms of cancer," says Michelle Peterson, APNP. "Colon Cancer can be greatly reduced through screenings that help us find cancer in an early, more curable stage, as well as precancerous growths, called polyps. Removing polyps can prevent cancer from ever occurring."
The most common symptom of colon cancer is having no symptoms at all. You have the power to reduce your risk of colon cancer by learning more about your family history and getting your colon screened. Screening can be done in a variety of ways, with the most common being a colonoscopy, which can detect cancer early when treatment is most effective or find and remove growths before they become cancer. Gundersen Boscobel recommends colonoscopy for men and women beginning at age 50 or earlier, depending on family history.
While colon cancer is the third leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, it is also 90 percent treatable when caught early and one of the most preventable diseases.
You have the power to help prevent colon cancer! 'GO BLUE' on Friday, March 1 and then tell people WHY!
For an appointment with Michelle Peterson, APNP or a fellow provider in Boscobel, Fennimore or Muscoda, please call Gundersen Boscobel's central scheduling at (608) 375-4144.