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Wear blue March 5 to support colon cancer awareness

by UofL Today last modified Feb 26, 2010 01:53 PM

The University of Louisville's Kentucky Cancer Program encourages the campus community to wear the color blue on Friday, March 5, as part of the second annual national campaign to promote colon cancer awareness.

“Save Lives, Promote Colon Cancer Awareness, and Dress in Blue!” is a nationwide push led by the Colon Cancer Alliance.  Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the nation.  Nine out of 10 colon cancers may be prevented or cured if detected early.  Despite the effectiveness of screening methods, Kentucky has one of the worst colon cancer mortality rates in the nation. The disease kills nearly 900 people every year. People 50 and older are encouraged to get screened.

The Kentucky Cancer Program is the state-mandated cancer control program jointly administered by the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky. KCP’s mission is to reduce cancer incidence and mortality by promoting cancer education, research and service programs.

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