Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center is turning blue for cancer awareness

By: Woodlands Online Staff
| Published 03/02/2023


THE WOODLANDS, TX – Memorial Hermann The Woodlands is one of numerous metropolitan area landmarks that will go blue for ten days in March to make a profound statement and spread awareness that colorectal cancer is preventable through screening.

‘Dress in Blue Day’ is Friday, March 3

Dress in Blue Day, which brings awareness to this disease and honors all who are impacted by colorectal cancer, is Friday, March 3. Not only are people encouraged to wear blue that day to show their support for awareness of the malady, but the hospital will be one of more than fifty buildings that will literally turn blue through Sunday, March 12.

The American Cancer Society recommends screening for colorectal cancer begin at age 45 for average risk individuals. Those at increased risk need to be screened earlier. It’s the law for all Texans to access affordable preventative colorectal cancer screening beginning at age 45. While one of the deadliest cancers, colon cancer is also one of the most preventable thanks to several screening options, including simple take-home options.

Statistics state that 1 in 23 men and 1 in 26 women will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer in their lifetime, and one in five of those will be diagnosed between 20 and 54 years old. By 2030, colorectal cancer may be the leading cause of cancer death in adults under 50. This year, an estimated 4,350 Texans will die from colorectal cancer while 12,220 others will be newly diagnosed with it.

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