Photo-10Every Friday throughout the month of March, faculty and staff in PPMC’s department of Gastroenterology will be decked out in blue Colonoscopy t-shirts in recognition of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

Established in 2000 by the Colon Cancer Alliance, the annual month-long observance seeks to raise awareness around the importance of early detection and prevention of colorectal cancer. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum) is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Every year, about 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and more than 50,000 people die from it. If you’re 50 years old or older, getting a screening test for colorectal cancer could save your life.