Colon Cancer Awareness Month kicks off with the color blue

Health advocates distribute information at Jefferson Mall

Colon Cancer Awareness Month kicks off with the color blue
A giant, walk-through-sized colon educated people about cancer awareness at Louisville's Jefferson Mall on Friday, March 1, 2019

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The first Friday in March was a day to wear blue for more than University of Kentucky fans.

Dress in Blue Day kicked off Colon Cancer Awareness Month, encouraging people to get screened to catch the disease.

Representatives with UofL’s James Graham Brown Cancer Center, the Kentucky Cancer Program, Surgery on Sunday and Norton Healthcare, among others, shared information with the public and gave out test kits at Jefferson Mall.

"We're trying to make sure that people understand that together we can make a difference," said Janikaa Sherrod, a cancer-control specialist. "We want people to put on their blue today, tell someone why they have on blue and spread the word."

Visitors also could walk through a large replica of the human colon to learn more about colon health, as well as read educational materials and take home reminders. Those wearing blue got a free gift.

In Kentucky alone, nearly 2,600 cases of colo-rectal cancer will be diagnosed this year, and it’s the second-leading cause of death among cancers for both men and women. Anyone over age 50 should get screened.

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