Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Enger Tower will be lit blue from twilight tonight to daybreak tomorrow to raise awareness of colon cancer.
Governor Mark Dayton has declared March Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.
Today's 'Building Blue Bridges' initiative hopes to raise awareness and educate about the importance of screening and early detection.
Here are some colon cancer facts provided by the Colon Cancer Coalition:
–In Minnesota, about 28% of the eligible adult population has not been screened for colon cancer.
–Colon cancer is the nation's second most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer deaths for men and women in the United States.
–Colon cancer affects men and women equally.
–The lifetime risk of developing colon cancer is about 1 in 19.
–Colon cancer is unique because it can actually be prevented through the screening process.
–During a colonoscopy doctors can find and remove precancerous growths, called polyps, in the colon. Removing polyps can prevent cancer altogether.
–Early screening helps find colorectal cancer early, when treatment is most effective.
–Adults with average risk should begin screening at age 50, earlier for African–Americans and those with family history.