Colorectal Cancer Toolkit
You will find information to raise awareness through different outlets
about colorectal cancer prevention and early detection. We hope you use
this guide to help spread awareness throughout the year and during the
month of March- National Colorectal Cancer Awareness month.
This kit is for all interested individuals and groups who want to help
spread the word about screening for colorectal cancer.
You will find suggested sample social media messaging to post, as well
as download printable fact sheets, posters, post cards, images and find
additional info through links to other resources.
- Share information on your social media outlets about Colorectal Cancer.
- Add information about colorectal cancer to your newsletter.
- Tweet about Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.
- Host a community event where families can be active while learning about
local health resources.
- Add infographics to your website or social media profile.
How can I make a difference?
Anyone can raise awareness about colorectal cancer and take action toward
prevention. Communities, organizations, families, and individuals can
get involved and spread the word.
Here are just a few ideas:
- Encourage families to get active together - exercise may help reduce the
risk of colorectal cancer.
- Talk to family, friends, and people in your community about the importance
of getting screened for colorectal cancer starting at age 50.
over 50 to use this tool kit to learn more about colorectal cancer screening tests
and share information with others.
- Ask doctors and nurses to talk to patients age 50 and older about the importance
of getting screened.
Maryland Colorectal Cancer Stats
Colorectal Cancer is the
second leading cause of cancer death and the
third most commonly diagnosed cancer for men and women combined.
- It's expected to cause about 51,020 deaths during 2019.
In Frederick County, Maryland from 2011-2015, there were
474 new cases of Colon and Rectum cancer. Over those years,
185 people died of Colon and Rectum cancer.
Men have higher rates of colon cancer than women
- A Man has 1 in 22 chance of getting colorectal cancer
- A woman has a 1 in 24 chance of getting colorectal cancer
- Blacks and Asians have higher rates than Whites, with Black Men having
the highest rates
- More than 90 percent of colorectal cancer incidence in persons over 50 years
Regular screening, beginning at age 50* for persons over average risk,
is the key to preventing colorectal cancer.
- *Age 45 for African Americans
- More than 90 percent of colorectal cancer in persons over 50 years
Download the Risk Factors Handout
Get the Word Out
Communicating on Social Media
Communicating on Social Media
Hashtags for Colorectal Cancer Awareness month
Sample Tweets and Posts
True or false? You should get tested regularly for colorectal cancer starting
at age 50.
Answer: Starting at age 50, get tested regularly for colorectal cancer.
When it comes to colorectal cancer screening, you have options. Decide
which screening test you prefer:
Did You Know? Regular #PhysicalActivity can help reduce your risk for colorectal
cancer. Take these steps to #GetActive:
Sample Announcement for Newsletter, Listserv, or Media Release
Cut and paste this text into your newsletter, listserv, or media release.
Add local details and quotes from your organization.
- Colorectal cancer affects all racial and ethnic groups and is most often
found in people ages 50 and older.
- Colorectal Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death and the third
most commonly diagnosed cancer for men and women combined. It affects
about 1 in 20 Americans.
- The best way to prevent colorectal cancer is to get screened regularly
starting at age 50. There are often no signs or symptoms of colorectal
cancer - that’s why it’s so important to get screened.
- To increase awareness about the importance of colorectal cancer screening,
[your organization] is proudly participating in Colorectal Cancer Awareness
Month. Locally in 2018, 92 Maryland residents are affected by colorectal cancer.
- People over age 50 have the highest risk of colorectal cancer. You may
also be at higher risk if you are African American, smoke, or have a family
history of colorectal cancer. African Americans should be screened at
the age of 45.
Everyone can take these healthy steps to help prevent colorectal cancer:
- Get screened starting at age 50.
- Encourage your family members and friends over age 50 to get screened.
- Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.
- Get plenty of physical activity and eat healthy.
- For more information, visit fmh.org/colorectalscreening
Take action to prevent colorectal cancer.
1. Contact local doctors’ offices and ask them to share colorectal
cancer prevention information with their patients.
2. Host a Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month event at a local senior center
or organization. Give out information about colorectal screenings, and
ask a doctor or nurse to talk about the importance of getting screened.
Request a Speaker
3. Partner with local community organizations to encourage people to get
screened for colorectal cancer.
4. Share Colorectal Cancer Screening options or experiences with your family
and friends to encourage them to get their screening.
Share your Story
Routine screenings for colorectal cancer are your best defense against
See which test is right for you
Talk to your doctor about when you should have a screening colonoscopy,
as well as other screening tests that make sense for you or contact Surgical
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