It seems like the cancers that get the most attention get months assigned to them.
March is Colon Cancer Awareness month and this Friday is “Wear Blue Day” according to the Colon Cancer Alliance.
I guess I’m kind of partial to colon cancer since it is the disease that took Leroy’s life. He was actually being pro-active when he went to the doctor to get his colonoscopy. His mom and his mom’s mom had colon cancer battles in their life times. They both lived long, full lives in spite of those findings. Cancer eventually took their lives too.
So I’ve had a front row seat to what colon cancer can do to a body. Even when they say “we got it all,” and the lymph nodes come back clean after surgery, some nasty wild colon cancer cells have already escaped and are on the hunt to find new, rich soil to set-up shop and cause problems. It might not happen for months or maybe years, but in my experience, they can reappear when you least expect it.
And the fight begins again.
Colonoscopy has proven to be colon cancer’s nemesis. Early detection can made a world of difference and lives have been saved when it’s been found in its early stages. Science and research have also moved light years in treating colon cancer too. Many survivors treat their colon cancer like a chronic disease now, pushing it back with new protocols on many occasions.
So if you can, wear blue a lot this month. It might not kill any colon cancers but it is the acknowledgement that you are saluting those who have fought the good fight against a cancer that the American Cancer Society predicts will add over 93, 000 new cases in 2015.
But here’s a statistic we can all hold onto: There are over ONE MILLION survivors of colorectal cancer in the United States.
Everyone looks good in blue.