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March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

March 2, 2017

Here are five easy ways you can join us in raising awareness.

Each year, AGA participates in a series of activities in support of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month — and 2017 is no exception. March provides us with an important platform to help remind patients of the necessity of getting screened. Here are a few easy ways to join us in raising awareness:

In-person: take time this month to talk to your patients about their personal history and encourage timely screening. Visit www.gastro.org/CRC for materials you can provide to your patients to help them understand risk factors and screening options.

Dress in blue: encourage your colleagues to take part in National Dress in Blue Day, a day devoted to public awareness. This year’s Dress in Blue Day will be on Friday, March 3, 2017. Share photos of your staff in blue on social media using the hashtag #DressinBlueDay or email them to communications@gastro.org for posting.

On your practice website: when patients visit your website, make sure there is a prominent CRC screening reminder. You can link to AGA’s patient materials or use our awareness videos (also available at www.gastro.org/CRC) to help spread the word.

On Facebook: AGA will be running a campaign throughout March to remind patients over 50 to get screened. Make sure to like us on Facebook to see our CRC posts, which you can share with your family and friends. If your practice has a Facebook page, the page can share all of our CRC awareness materials, as well.

On Twitter: tweeting is a great way to raise awareness among the public. Join us for a Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month Twitter chat on Tuesday, March 7, at 1 p.m. ET — moderated by ABC News — using the hashtag #ABCDrBChat. Be sure to follow @AmerGastroAssn.

With your support, we can improve the public’s understanding of this deadly cancer and continue to increase screening rates. Stay tuned to AGA eDigest and AGA’s website for CRC Awareness Month updates, and join CRC-related discussions with other AGA members on the AGA Community.

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