There’s Still Time! Colon Cancer Awareness Month

There is less than a week left in March, but there’s still time to get involved in Colon Cancer Awareness Month!  One way you can make a difference is by signing up for the Undy 5000  in St. Louis on March 29. If you can’t attend, but want to help, consider a donation.

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The Colon Cancer Alliance (CCA) has put together a list of other ways you can join the cause:

1. “Like” This Page to Donate $1

The folks at Exact Sciences are donating $1 to Colon Cancer Alliance for every new Facebook page “like” and an additional $1 for each online registration for their Be Seen, Get Screened campaign!

2. Retweet to Donate $1 + Code

Throughout March, DollarShaveClub.com is donating 5% of their One Wipe Charlies (butt wipe for men) sales to Colon Cancer Alliance! Also, use code CCAlliance and $5 will be donated to CCA. Check out their blog and Twitter – they’re donating $1 to CCA for retweets and shares of some of their colon-cancer related content! (Applicable posts and tweets note the $1 donation specifically.)

3. Pledge to Get Screened to Donate $5

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Take the pledge to get screened and encourage loved ones 50+, and younger for those at higher risk, to do the same. For every pledge taken and shared, Ferring Pharmaceuticals will donate $5 (up to $10,000). Take the pledge at takeastandagainstcrc.com.

4. Shop to Support CCA Partners

Bravelets cause jewelry is doubling their donation this month! If at least 100 bracelets/necklaces are sold from the colon cancer page, they’ll donate $20 to the CCA mission PER item. Help CCA reach 100 – they’re only 6 away! Browse their beautiful blue bracelets and more!

Love Amazon? Shop at smile.amazon.com between now and March 31, and Amazon will donate an extra $5 to the charity of your choice. This is in addition to the regular donation of 0.5% of the purchase price. Shop now.

Shop all of CCA partners here.

5. Submit Your Photos to the Get Blued! Photo Contest

You have until March 31 to submit your photos! Get started now.

You can read the full list,  here.

Cancer Prevention Tips

My mission is to help save lives and inspire hope, and a key to saving lives is cancer prevention! Here are some colon cancer prevention tips from BeSeenGetScreened.com:

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Here are a few colon cancer prevention tips: 

Screen regularly: Screening works by finding cancer early when it’s highly treatable, and also by removing growths (polyps) in the colon before they become cancerous.

Stop waiting for symptoms: There are often no signs or symptoms of colon cancer until it has reached a later stage. If you wait to get tested after symptoms develop, you might miss the chance to prevent the disease from spreading.

Know the options: Did you know that there’s more than one way to screen for colon cancer? Discuss the different options with your doctor, learn about how methods have improved, and find out which test is best for you.

Earn the right to nag: You did your part and you got screened. Now it’s your turn to encourage others to do the same.

As you know, March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month. One way you can support the cause is through the Undy 5000 race on March 29. If you haven’t yet registered, there’s still time! You can register or support the cause by visiting the Undy 5000 St. Louis website.

2014 Women of Achievement Award

Recently the 2014 Women of Achievement honorees were announced and I’m thrilled to say that I’m a part of the list for my work in health awareness. The organization has recognized so many dynamic and inspiring women over the years; it is truly an honor to be one of them.

Stltoday.com posted about the honorees, and you can read the full announcement here.

The luncheon event is Thursday, May 15 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel from 11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. For more information about the event and Women of Achievement, visit: www.woastl.org.

Colon Cancer Screening and Prevention

As you know March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month, so I wanted to share the following very important message from BeSeenGetScreened.com about colon cancer screening and prevention:

DID YOU KNOW THAT COLON CANCER, ALSO REFERRED TO AS COLORECTAL CANCER, IS THE SECOND-LEADING CANCER CAUSE OF MORTALITY AMONG MEN AND WOMEN IN THE US?*

The cancer occurs in the colon (or large intestine) or in the rectum, and it often develops slowly. Before the cancer develops, an abnormal growth, called a polyp, develops on the inner lining of the colon or rectum. While polyps begin as noncancerous growths, some can turn into cancer over time. Talk to your doctor about colon cancer and your screening options. Talk to your doctor about colon cancer screening and your screening options.

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* Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Vital Signs.

Video: KSDK Interview Dress in Blue Day

In case you missed my interview with Kay Quinn on KSDK last week as part of Dress in Blue Day, here it is! I also had the chance to talk about the Tokyo Marathon and more.

March is Colon Cancer Awareness month, and there are many ways you can get involved including signing up for the Undy 5000 race on Saturday, March 29. You can learn more and register here.  Hope to see you there!