What's In A Color? All Things Blue for Colon Cancer Awareness

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Colon cancer survivors are among the most passionate collectors of all things blue, the color of colon cancer awareness. Thanks to inspired crafters, colon cancer survivors and advocates can wear the blue in many forms. From key chains to pins to pendants and posters. To shirts and cups, badge clips, and earrings — all brilliant blue, sometimes with a touch of bling.


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Make a bold statement with a personal touch

Etsy calls itself “a global marketplace for unique and creative goods.” The arts and crafts website allows artists to create online “storefronts” to sell directly to the public. The website encourages creativity with a human touch, attracting artisans who offer a variety of inspired items to raise colon cancer awareness. Search “colon cancer” to find related items for sale. Other artists sell their work directly from their websites, at craft fairs, and on online retailers like Amazon.com.


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Teach people the meaning of blue

All cancers warrant awareness, but not all cancers get equal face time. According to the American Cancer Society’s Facts and Figures for 2017, deaths from breast cancer in 2017 exceeded 40,000 men and women, while deaths from colon cancer in the same year totaled more than 50,000. Advances in preventing and managing many cancers have been made in recent years, but we still have a long way to go. Wearing blue can help raise that awareness.


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Equate your identity with your stance

A message boldly printed on a badge holder is likely to be seen by the many people you meet and greet on the job or at a convention. When you catch someone looking at the badge, ask if they know that colon cancer screening can result in early life-saving detection. Ask if they know that colon cancer can be prevented with screening and cured if detected early.


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Use the blue to tell it like it is

Share the triumph of completing chemo with those who don’t have a clue. If they ask questions, inform them about colon cancer treatments and side effects. “Straight outta chemo” can mean that someone just got very strong IV drugs and isn’t feeling great. If you know someone who’s getting chemo, give that person a shirt with a similar message that can alert people to be considerate and helpful.


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Share the beauty of an uplifting reminder

Remind someone with colon cancer to hope every day. A bracelet that encircles the wrist with an infinity or related symbol signifying eternal hope can only lift one’s spirit and outlook on their healing and recovery. Hope also springs eternal around clinical research focused on treatment advances and greater prevention through screening.


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Sips can instill hope in patients, families, and friends

A message-bearing mug is a magnificent way to spread words of wisdom and passion. We can beat colon cancer through timely screening that follows guidelines established by the American College of Gastroenterology and the American Cancer Society. And we can live longer and better by following treatment guidelines prepared by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of leading cancer centers whose unequalled experts prepare evidence-based guidelines for superior care.


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Say it with bling

Hard-to-miss jewelry, especially earrings in one’s line of sight, gets attention. And when admirers ask about the ribbons and the color of the stones, introduce them to the importance of spreading the word about colon cancer prevention and treatment, including the importance of clinical trials in finding advances that will lead to better forms of prevention and treatment.


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Who wouldn’t love toasting for life?

Whether the glass holds cabernet, sauvignon blanc, pinot noir or chardonnay, wine glass charms remind the sipper that thousands of people fight for their lives every day with every bit of courage they can muster. They grasp hope, the strength of family and friends, and the support resources provided by organizations such as the national Colorectal Cancer Alliance, whose mission is to “empower a nation of allies … to provide support for patients and families, caregivers, and survivors; to raise awareness of preventative measures; and inspire efforts to fund critical research.”


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Show support for a family member or friend

Colon cancer can and does hit close to home, and that’s often when wearing the blue takes on special meaning. The impact of colon cancer is life-altering, causing many to spend countless hours searching for knowledge they wish they’d had earlier. As they like to say, I became a member of a club I never asked to join. That’s why it’s so important to raise the awareness of others, every chance you have.


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Show people the depth of ‘the blue’

Wearers of “the blue” advocate awareness of prevention and treatment issues. With screening, this cancer can often be prevented. With early detection, this cancer can often be cured. Most diagnoses are made when the cancer is advanced and incurable. That’s when those impacted become warriors and the value of clinical research takes on new meaning. Become familiar with opportunities for promising clinical trials, and share that information with other who can benefit.