Get Blued for Colon Cancer Awareness Month

Colorectal Cancer is the second leading cancer killer of both men and women in the United States. About 50,000 Americans die of colon cancer each year—however, many of these deaths can be prevented with early screening. While the incidence of colon cancer has declined significantly over the past ten years largely due to improvements in screening and early detection, rates of colorectal cancer remain highest in the Midwest. Kansas continues to have colorectal cancer incidence rates that are higher than the national average and colorectal cancer screening rates that are far below the national average. Despite the recommendation to start screening at age 50, 1 in 3 adults over the age of 50 are still not screened for colorectal cancer nationally.

In conjunction with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, KFMC is working with our partners in the Great Plains Quality Innovation Network to eliminate this disparity. We are working with providers and stakeholders across the state and region to provide education and training about current knowledge and guidelines about appropriate colorectal cancer screening, evidence-based practices for improving screening rates and strategies for overcoming barriers to improvement.

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month and Friday, March 4, is National Dress in Blue Day. Help us improve public awareness by joining the Colon Cancer Alliance’s Dress in Blue Day movement. Be sure to take a picture of your team and send it to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Through this national campaign and their screening, research, and patient support initiatives, we can knock colon cancer out of the top three cancer killers for good.

Visit the Great Plains Quality Innovation Network Initiatives: Colon Cancer Screenings to learn more about the KFMC initiative in Kansas.