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Spread the word about colorectal cancer

This toolkit is for all interested healthcare providers who are would like to help raise awareness about colorectal cancer prevention and early detection.

Below you will find suggested samples of social media messaging, as well as printable fact sheets, posters, postcards, and images We’ve made it easier for you to make a difference by providing you with ideas on how to take action today. For example:

  • Share information on your social media outlets about Colorectal Cancer.
  • Add information about colorectal cancer to your newsletter.
  • Tweet about Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.
  • Host a community event where patients can be active while learning about local health resources.
  • Add infographics to your website or social media profile.

How can I make a difference?

Anyone can raise awareness about colorectal cancer and take action toward prevention. Communities, organizations, families, and individuals can get involved and spread the word.

Here are just a few ideas:

  • Talk to your patients about the importance of getting screened for colorectal cancer starting at age 50.
  • Encourage patients to get active - exercise may help reduce the risk of colorectal cancer
  • Encourage your patients over 50 to use this tool kit to learn more about colorectal cancer screening tests and share information with others.

Maryland Colorectal Cancer Stats

Download the Risk Factors Handout

Get the Word Out

Communicating on Social Media

Communicating on Social Media

Hashtags for Colorectal Cancer Awareness month


Sample Tweets

  • True or false? You should get tested regularly for colorectal cancer starting at age 50.
    Answer: Starting at age 50, get tested regularly for colorectal cancer. Learn more
  • When it comes to colorectal cancer screening, you have options. Decide which screening test you prefer: Learn more
  • Did You Know? Regular #PhysicalActivity can help reduce your risk for colorectal cancer. Take these steps to #GetActive: Learn more

Sample Announcement

Sample Announcement for Newsletter, Listserv, or Media Release

Cut and paste this text into your newsletter, listserv, or media release. Add local details and quotes from your organization.

  • Colorectal cancer affects all racial and ethnic groups and is most often found in people ages 50 and older.
  • Colorectal Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death and the third most commonly diagnosed cancer for men and women combined. It affects about 1 in 20 Americans.
  • The best way to prevent colorectal cancer is to get screened regularly starting at age 50. There are often no signs or symptoms of colorectal cancer - that’s why it’s so important to get screened.
  • To increase awareness about the importance of colorectal cancer screening, [your organization] is proudly participating in Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Locally in 2018, 92 Maryland residents are affected by colorectal cancer.
  • People over age 50 have the highest risk of colorectal cancer. You may also be at higher risk if you are African American, smoke, or have a family history of colorectal cancer. African Americans should be screened at the age of 45.
  • Everyone can take these healthy steps to help prevent colorectal cancer:
    • Get screened starting at age 50.
    • Encourage your family members and friends over age 50 to get screened.
    • Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.
    • Get plenty of physical activity and eat healthy.
  • For more information, visit

Infographics and Images

Share these statistics and infographics on your social media outlets

Click images to download them:


Get Involved

Take action to prevent colorectal cancer.

  • Contact fellow healthcare providers and ask to share colorectal cancer prevention information with their patients.
  • Host a Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month event at your office. Give out information about colorectal screenings and talk about the importance of getting screened.
  • Partner with local African American community organizations to encourage people to get screened for colorectal cancer.
  • Share Colorectal Cancer Screening options or experiences with patients to encourage them to get their screening.
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