Spread the word about colorectal cancer with this tool kit

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.
  • Encourage people 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

Symptoms

Screening

  • Regular screening, beginning at age 50* for persons over average risk, is the key to preventing colorectal cancer.
    • *Age 45 for African Americans

Risk Factors

  • 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

#ColorectalCancer

#ColorectalCancerMonth

#screeningsaveslives

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. Learn more

When it comes to colorectal cancer screening, you have options. Decide which screening test you prefer: Learn more

Did You Know? Regular #PhysicalActivity can help reduce your risk for colorectal cancer. Take these steps to #GetActive: Learn more

Sample Announcement

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

Infographics and Images

Share these statistics and infographics on your social media outlets

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Get Involved

Get Involved

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.

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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.

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Colorectal Cancer Screening

Routine screenings for colorectal cancer are your best defense against the disease.

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 Specialists.

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