One in 20 people will be diagnosed with colon cancer. It could be a parent, a friend or a co-worker…it could be you. It’s a scary statistic and it’s one of the reasons why Bon Secours Hampton Roads Health System will be hosting a Dress in Blue Day™ on Friday, March 7, 2014. Employees will be encouraged to wear blue in an effort to bring greater awareness to colon cancer, a disease that can be prevented through screening. The event will coincide with the Colon Cancer Alliance’s (CCA) National Dress in Blue Day program activities to help commemorate March as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.
“We want to make a difference in the lives of our employees, their families and their friends. Our companywide Dress in Blue Day event encourages employees to talk to family and friends about colon cancer and the importance of being screened. By bringing greater awareness to this disease, we can save lives,” said Nancy Schlossberg, RN, nurse manager, Bon Secours Health Center at Harbour View Endoscopy Center. “Our goal is to do our part by helping the Colon Cancer Alliance create a future free of colon cancer.”
Dress in Blue Day is held on the first Friday in March in communities and offices throughout the nation. The Colon Cancer Alliance (CCA) first launched the Dress in Blue Day program in 2009 to bring nationwide attention to colon cancer and to celebrate the courage of those affected by this disease. Today, individuals, businesses and community groups across the country participate by wearing blue and urging others to do the same. Blue is the nationally recognized color for colon cancer. By “going blue,” we hope to raise public awareness and get people talking about this cancer.