Much of the Chattanooga skyline after sunset is once again blue, as several downtown buildings including Berry & Hunt’s Liberty Tower and Republic Centre, River City Co.’s The Block, and the Westin Chattanooga continue their annual tradition of lighting in the color of support for colon cancer awareness.
“We are especially grateful this year for our downtown community’s continued support of colon cancer awareness and prevention,” said Dr. Shauna Lorenzo-Rivero, colorectal surgeon and chair of the Greater Chattanooga Colon Cancer Foundation, noting that cancer screening remains a public health priority during the pandemic. “Colorectal cancer is still the second leading cause of cancer-related death in the U.S., and it continues to impact too many Chattanooga families as one of the most common cancers diagnosed in our area residents.”
Dr. Lorenzo-Rivero and GCCCF recommend Chattanoogans talk to a doctor about whether a colorectal screening test is needed, and support efforts to get back on track if a screening is overdue.
“While the events of the past year have caused many of us to put off care, it is vital to keep up with colorectal cancer screenings, as early detection is essential,” said Dr. Lorenzo-Rivero. “The bottom line is that if it’s caught early, this disease is treatable and beatable.”
While the Blue Buildings campaign is a highlight of this year’s Colon Cancer Awareness Month, the ongoing public health emergency has impacted several aspects of the GCCCF’s annual March observance. Due to COVID-19, the group has once again rescheduled the 10th Rump Run for Colon Cancer Awareness, which is now tentatively set for March 2022. Additional information and ongoing updates about the Rump Run can be found at RumpRun.com.
For more information about colorectal cancer education, support, and screening resources in the greater Chattanooga area, visit gcccf.org.