One in 20 people will be diagnosed with colon cancer. It’s a scary statistic and it’s one of the reasons why Lucas County Health Center is holding an open house in their surgery department. This event is meant to help incite awareness of colon cancer, a disease that can be prevented through screening but is still the second leading cause of overall cancer deaths in the United States. The event takes place in conjunction with the Colon Cancer Alliance’s National Dress in Blue Day program activities commemorating March as Colon Cancer Awareness Month.
“We wanted to make a difference in the lives of our employees, their families and their friends. Our Dress in Blue Day event encouraged employees to talk to loved ones about colon cancer and the importance of being screened. By creating more awareness around this disease, we will save lives,” said Becky McCorkle.
Community members are invited to attend an Open House on Friday, March 4 from 9 – 11 AM in LCHC’s Surgery Department. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet the staff, learn more about services, partake in refreshments, and enter for the chance to win prizes.
National Dress in Blue Day is held on the first Friday in March in communities and offices throughout the nation. The Colon Cancer Alliance first launched the Dress in Blue Day program in 2009 to bring nationwide attention to colon cancer and to celebrate the courage of those affected by this disease. Today, individuals, businesses and community groups across the country participate by wearing blue and urging others to do the same. Blue is the nationally recognized color for colon cancer. By “getting blued,” we hope to raise public awareness and save lives.
For more information, visit www.dressinblueday.org.