This March we are joining with our international colleagues and collaborators to raise awareness of Colorectal Cancer and to build support for more research to improve treatments and ultimately better outcomes for those diagnosed with Colorectal Cancer.
In Australia, Colorectal Cancer is estimated to be the 3rd most commonly diagnosed type of cancer and the 2nd leading cause of death. New cases of Colorectal Cancer have increased from 6,988 in 1982 to over 17,000 in 2018.
To mark Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month – the Colorectal Cancer Alliance, an American based non-profit, has developed a very clever ‘Dont ASSume’ campaign (visual examples below).
We are encouraging all Australians to #CYA (Cover Your Arse) by knowing the risks, symptoms and undertaking regular screening as well as helping support research efforts to improve treatments – all of which will enable us to beat this very common disease.
Image Credit: Colorectal Cancer Alliance – www.ccalliance.org
How to #CYA?
As part of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month we are encouraging all supporters to #CYA, get involved and help raise awareness of this disease. Please:
- Talk to those over 50’s in your life about the risk and encourage them to regularly do the free Bowel Cancer screening test
- Don’t assume you are too young or that it won’t happen to you – be proactive with your health, know the symptoms and seek medical advice if you notice changes or are concerned
- Like and Follow us on Facebook &/or Twitter – and share posts and updates throughout March with your networks
- Support our research that will enable more Australians to access new treatments 3-5 years faster than if it was conducted overseas. DONATE TODAY (the option to designate your donation toward bowel cancer research is available)