FULTON, NY – In recognition of March being Colon Cancer Awareness Month Oswego County Opportunities Cancer Services Program is asking community members to participate in the ninth annual National Dress in Blue Day on March 3.
Celebrated on the first Friday of March, National Dress in Blue Day serves to bring national attention to colon cancer and celebrate the courage of those affected by the disease.
Participation in Dress in Blue Day helps to promote public awareness of colon cancer.
“Dress in Blue day does more than just raise awareness” said OCO Cancer Services Coordinator Carolyn Handville. “It starts a dialogue about colon cancer that allows us to inform and educate community members about the facts of colon cancer and what they can do to reduce their risk of developing the disease. Education and early detection can lead to successful treatment and increase survival rates as regular screenings can detect the warning signs of colon cancer before the disease can be become a serious health problem. I encourage all community members to join us and Dress in Blue on March 3!”
OCO Cancer Services Program offers free cancer screening services, including colorectal screening for men and women, and mammograms, clinical breast exams and pap/pelvic exams for women.
These free screenings are available for uninsured men and women between the ages of 40 and 64 and play an important part in maintaining good health.
For more information on Colon Cancer Awareness Month or for eligibility requirements for OCO’s Cancer Services Program contact Handville at 315-592-0830 or visit www.oco.org.
OCO, Inc. is a private, non-profit agency that has been supporting communities throughout Oswego County since 1966.
A member agency of the United Way of Greater Oswego County, OCO provides more than 50 vital services throughout 100 separate locations.
For more information, visit www.oco.org.