What is general information on colon cancer awareness bracelets?


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Colon cancer awareness bracelets are typically dark blue and can have sayings printed on them, such as "No One Fights Alone" or "Cancer Survivor," states Choose Hope. Dark blue is the official color for colon cancer awareness. March received the designation of National Colon Cancer Awareness Month in February 2000, by President Bill Clinton.

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People often receive awareness bracelets at events or as a gift for donating to a cancer organization. Other cancer awareness colors include jade green for liver cancer, teal for ovarian cancer and orange for leukemia, according to Wikipedia. Wearing a dark blue bracelet, especially during March, can help spread colon cancer awareness, notes the Colon Cancer Awareness Organization. Participants can also spread awareness by participating in fundraisers, such as the Undy Run/Walk, and encourage others to get screened for colon cancer.

Colon cancer, also called colorectal cancer when combined with rectal cancer, is the third most common cancer in the United States, notes the American Cancer Society. The organization estimates another 93,090 new cases of colon cancer in 2015. A person's lifetime risk of developing this cancer is 5 percent. Colorectal cancer is the second most common cause of cancer deaths, with 49,700 new deaths estimated for 2015. The death rate has been decreasing since the 1990s due to increased screening and improved treatments.

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