Colon Cancer Awareness Month is here! AMSURG’s campaign website, StopColonCancerNow.com is going full-tilt this month to bring awareness to patients across the country, starting with National Screening Day. National Screening Day is StopColonCancerNow.com’s annual awareness campaign asking patients to either get screened or schedule their first colonoscopy on Friday March 6, but the fun doesn’t stop there. All month long StopColonCancerNow.com will be raising awareness and educating patients about why it is so important to get screened for colon cancer at 50.
StopColonCancerNow.com recently conducted a survey of more than 1,000 people to find out why so many individuals are avoiding a colonoscopy. Nearly 40 percent of at-risk individuals are not being screened for colon cancer. While there is no one reason people aren’t getting screened, some of the most prevalent excuses are: they feel it is unnecessary, they do not like the idea of the procedure, and they are concerned about the cost of the procedure.
During Colon Cancer Awareness Month, StopColonCancerNow.com will shed some light on all of these concerns. On Twitter, StopColonCancerNow.com’s Twitter handle (@StopColonCancer) will be hosting two Twitter chats allowing followers to get their questions answered in real time. The first Twitter chat will mainly be focused on general GI questions related to colonoscopies. This will be held on Wednesday March 11 at 7 p.m. CST/8 p.m. EST. The second Twitter chat will focus on the cost surrounding a colonoscopy and will be held on Wednesday March 25 at 7 p.m. CST/8 p.m. EST.
On the website, StopColonCancerNow.com will be launching a new interactive infographic. This infographic will focus on helping patients determine if they qualify for a free or low-cost screening colonoscopy. Patients answer simple questions about their health care coverage and whether or not they have a family or personal history of colon cancer or colon cancer symptoms.
StopColonCancerNow.com will also be launching a Live Chat function on the website. Patients can visit the website and have the opportunity to speak with a live shat specialist right then and there to answer any questions they have about preventing colon cancer and getting a colonoscopy.
At the end of the month StopColonCancerNow.com will be premiering its first-ever Colonoscopy Reality Show! One brave man will show the world the process it takes to get a colonoscopy when you turn 50.