02.07.2020 Back to News

Join the Fight Against Colon Cancer: Buy a Special-Edition Shirt and Show Your Support

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month, and 
Dress in Blue Day is Friday, March 6

Methodist Health System is a sponsor of the Great Plains Colon Cancer Task Force's 2020 Colon Cancer Awareness Campaign.

Show your support by wearing blue on March 6, and remember that with regular screenings, colon cancer is one of the most preventable diseases.

What is the purpose of Dress in Blue Day?

Dress in Blue Day promotes awareness about colorectal cancer and encourages people to get screened.

How can I show support?

Methodist employees are invited to purchase special-edition blue colon cancer awareness T-shirts and show their support by wearing them on Dress in Blue Day. T-shirts are $15-$20 and available in unisex sizes XS-4X. Click here to purchase a shirt.

T-shirts must be purchased in advance by Friday, Feb. 21, and will be available for pickup during business hours on Tuesday, March 3, at:

  • Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center, 8303 Dodge St. Contact: Buffy Forrester 
  • The Methodist 825 Building, 825 S. 169th St. Contact: Cindy Ward
  • Methodist Fremont Health, 450 E. 23rd St. Contact: Amy Fachman

Ask your supervisor if the T-shirt meets dress code requirements for your department.

Why do we need to raise awareness about colon cancer?

Colorectal cancer – cancer of the colon or rectum – is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States and the second-leading cause of cancer death. In Nebraska, it's estimated that there will be 940 new cases this year and 320 deaths.

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

According to the American Cancer Society:

  • 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 1 million colon cancer survivors in the United States.

How can I get screened?

One method of screening for colorectal cancer is an annual fecal occult blood test (FOBT). Each March, the Great Plains Colon Cancer Task Force provides free colon cancer screening through distribution of FOBT kits distribution at local pharmacies. Kits will also be available to staff, patients and visitors in the cafes at Methodist Hospital and the Methodist 825 Building on Friday, March 6, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Are there community events to raise awareness?

Visit coloncancertaskforce.org for updates about Great Plains Colon Cancer Task Force events.

More information 

If you have questions about any of these activities, contact Stacey Miskie at (402) 354-5237 or Vicki Lyons at (402) 354-5473.