Earlier this month, Wisconsin kicked off Fight Colorectal Cancer’s Blue Star States campaign by proclaiming March 2016 as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Governor Scott Walter and Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, a stage II survivor, hosted a signing ceremony of the proclamation. “We are proud to make Wisconsin the first state in the nation to proclaim March 2016 as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month,” said Governor Walker. “Prevention and treatment of this disease begin with awareness. Through our combined efforts in Wisconsin and across the nation, more Americans will know getting screened for colorectal cancer is the first step to beating the disease.”
Colorectal Cancer is the 2nd most common cancer in Wisconsin. 1 in 4 Wisconsin adults aged 50-75 are not getting their colorectal screening as recommended. For more information about colorectal cancer in Wisconsin, check out our infographic and issue brief.
Fight Colorectal Cancer’s Blue Star States is a national, award-winning campaign that engages advocates in all 50 U.S. states to request annual state proclamations. For more information visit, http://fightcolorectalcancer.org/blue-star-states/