May 24, 2018

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An Overview of the Cancer Awareness Months

We all know someone in our lives who has been affected by cancer in some way.  The disease is simply awful, but technological advancements are making cancer more treatable.  Part of the reason technological development has been so successful is because of the increased awareness of cancer.  One of the main reason cancer awareness has increased is because of social media. Through the use of platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, society has been able to get the word out about cancer and how it affects so members of our population on a daily basis.

The following is a breakdown of the Calendar of Cancer Awareness Months that have been made public via social media:

  • January: Cervical Cancer Awareness Month
  • February: Gallbladder and Bile Duct Cancer Awareness Month
  • March: Colorectal, Kidney, and Multiple Myeloma Cancer Awareness Month
  • April: Testicular, Esophageal, and Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Month
  • May: Brain, Bladder, and Melanoma and Skin Cancer Awareness Month
  • June: National Cancer Survivors Day (first Sunday in June)
  • July: Sarcoma Awareness Week
  • August: N/A
  • September: Prostate, Ovarian, Gynecologic, Thyroid, and Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Also, Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Leukemia, and Lymphoma Awareness Month
  • October: Breast and Liver Cancer Awareness Month
  • November: Lung, Carcinoid, Pancreatic, and Stomach Cancer Awareness Month
  • December: N/A

Each form of cancer is associated with a ribbon color for that month.  For instance, we all know that Breast Cancer Awareness Month is symbolized by a pink ribbon.

During my research, the month of March stood out to me, particularly Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.  I was very interested in this specific type of cancer awareness because I came across a thorough article by GastroCare.

The article explained how colorectal cancer is the second deadliest type of cancer.  Each year, about 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with this type of cancer, and of the 140,000, about 50,000 die each year because of the disease.  Even though this type of cancer is especially harmful, the article emphasized that colorectal cancer is treatable if discovered early.  It expressed that 9 out of 10 people who identify colorectal cancer in its early stages are still alive five years later. An excellent way to detect the disease early on is through a colorectal screening.

Before stumbling across this article, I did not know how deadly colorectal cancer could be.  Of course, I knew that cancer, in general, was deadly, but I never thought to consider this specific type of cancer.

Along the same lines, I did not know that such a deadly disease could be so effectively treated if discovered early.   After this, I thought to myself: “What is a good way to spot colorectal cancer early?”  The article suggested getting screened, which is indeed an effective strategy, but people first must be aware of this type of cancer before they seek screening.  A great way to encourage awareness is through the subject of this blog: having a cancer awareness month.  Thanks to my research, I will never forget that march is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month!

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