Colon Cancer Awareness Month to Sweep the Nation

WASHINGTON, Feb. 10, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- March is National Colon Cancer Awareness Month, when people around the country work together to shine the spotlight on this common, yet highly preventable disease. To schedule a survivor or expert interview, contact Colleen Pyra at (949) 554-4098.

WHAT: National Colon Cancer Awareness Month is the time of year when the country unites and takes to the streets to raise awareness by dressing in blue, celebrating survivors, honoring those passed and encouraging others to get screened for colon cancer, the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death in men and women combined in the U.S.

WHO: Individuals, schools, companies and community groups across the country. Funds raised on behalf of the Colon Cancer Alliance benefit the organization's national prevention, research and patient support initiatives.

WHEN: March 1-31, 2015

WHERE: Nationwide, in a community near you.

WHY: Nearly 150,000 Americans are diagnosed with colon cancer every year and 50,000 die from this disease. But this cancer is largely preventable through recommended screening and is often beatable when detected and treated in its early stages. By talking about this disease and sharing this information with the public, we have the potential to save thousands of lives every year. Join us!

For more information, materials and resources, visit To schedule a survivor or expert interview, contact Colleen Pyra at (949) 554-4098.

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The Colon Cancer Alliance's mission is to knock colon cancer out of the top three cancer killers. We are doing this by championing prevention, funding cutting-edge research and providing the highest quality patient support services. Read more information about the Colon Cancer Alliance at

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CONTACT: Colleen Pyra, (949) 554-4098

Source:Colon Cancer Alliance