02.26.2018 Back to News

Celebrate Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month with Dress in Blue Day: March 2

March Is Colon Cancer Awareness Month.

Dress in Blue Day Is Friday, March 2.

Methodist Health System is a sponsor of the Great Plains Colon Cancer Task Force's 2018 Colon Cancer Awareness Campaign. Show your support by wearing blue on March 2, and remember that colon cancer is one of the most preventable diseases with regular screenings.

What is the purpose of Dress in Blue Day?

The purpose of Dress in Blue Day is to promote awareness about colorectal cancer and encourage people to get screened.

Why do we need to raise awareness about colon cancer?

Colon cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States and the second-leading cause of cancer death. Nebraska ranks 11th highest in the nation for colon cancer incidence and 16th highest for colon cancer deaths.

But it doesn't have to be this way. Through screening, colon cancer is one of the most preventable diseases.


  • Each year, approximately 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colon cancer, and more than 50,000 people die from the disease.

  • Colon cancer often has no symptoms until it is at an advanced stage.

  • You can reduce your risk through regular screenings.

  • Beginning at age 50 (or earlier if you are high risk), everyone should talk to a doctor about getting a screening test for colon cancer.

  • There are currently more than one million colon cancer survivors in the United States.

*These statistics were compiled from the American Cancer Society's Colorectal Cancer Facts & Figures 2014-2016. Read more statistics.

How can I get screened?

One of the methods of screening for colorectal cancer is an annual fecal occult blood (FOBT) kit screening. Each March the Great Plains Colon Cancer Task Force provides free colon cancer screening through distribution of FOBT kits distribution at local pharmacies. In 2015, the Task Force distributed over 2,000 FOBT kits to the Omaha Metro community. During the month of March, people age 50 and older can pick up a free FOBT kit at specified local pharmacies. For the list of pickup locations, click here

Are there community events to raise awareness of colorectal cancer?

Yes, there are several events, including: 

  • Rollin’ to Colon is a cycling event that will be held on June 17, 2018, and will again benefit the Great Plains Colon Cancer Task Force. This family-friendly event features varying cycling distances starting in Valley, Nebraska, with some routes pedaling through the village of Colon, Nebraska. Check out more details at: www.rollintocolon.org.

  • The Boxer 500 is a 5K run/walk, 1M walk and kids' event to raise awareness about colorectal cancer. Participants are encouraged to draw attention to their bottoms and colorectal cancer by participating in boxer underwear. Form a team and wear matching boxers! The event is August 19, 2018, and it will also benefit the Great Plains Colon Cancer Task Force.  Event details can be found at: www.boxer500.org.  

For More Information

If you have questions about any of these activities, contact Ann Burch at 402-354-5237.