News from Comprehensive Cancer Control – Dress in blue this month to recognize colorectal cancer awareness

Contributed by Cindy Chafin, Women Survivors Alliance Project Director and NFD Editor     Did you know that colon cancer is the second leading cause of overall cancer deaths in the United States? But it doesn’t have to

Contributed by Cindy Chafin, Women Survivors Alliance Project Director and NFD Editor

 

Dress in Blue Day

 

Did you know that colon cancer is the second leading cause of overall cancer deaths in the United States? But it doesn’t have to stay this way. Early detection through screening can dramatically reduce your risk of colon cancer.

This means having your colon checked regularly starting at age 50, or sooner if you are at higher risk.
During the month of March, I am working with volunteers in the Tennessee Cancer Control Coalition and the Tennessee Cancer Consortium to “GO BLUE” and wear blue whenever they choose throughout the month of March – particularly on Friday, March 4th as part of “Dress in Blue Day.”

Maybe some of you are colorectal cancer survivors and understand the importance of raising awareness. For all of you, as well as those who are not familiar with colon cancer, I encourage each of you to visit the Colon Cancer Alliance website and learn more. Through the national “Dress in Blue” campaign along with screening, research, and patient support initiatives, we can knock colon cancer out of the top three cancer killers for good.

Please consider dressing in blue this month – and visit the CCA website for FREE resources that you can use to educate friends, family, and co-workers. It’s o.k. to be blue during the month of March!

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Cindy Chafin
Cindy Chafin, M.Ed., MCHES® serves as editor-in-chief of Unconditionally Her. Through her many years as a masters-level certified health educator and 18-year employment in a higher education setting – as well as several years as a graduate and doctoral student – she has written countless articles, essays, publications, grant applications, proposals, reports, and other technical and creative writing documents. In addition to her training and professional work experience, she spent four years as volunteer editor of New Focus Daily, a publication of the Women Survivors Alliance, a national women cancer survivors-focused organization based in Nashville, Tennessee.
While serving as editor of Unconditionally Her, a women-focused magazine which provides content on anything from recipes, travel, books, and everything in between, she has a special interest in fitness, health, and well-being. She is certified by the National Commission on Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC) and was part of the first cohort to receive master's level designation. NCHEC certifies health education specialists, promotes professional development, and strengthens professional preparation and practice. She is proud to be a CHES® and has been a public health professional for many years after receiving her graduate degree in health promotion and education from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. She was a personal trainer and group fitness instructor for many years and looks forward to re-engaging with women one-on-one as a health coach pending completion of her certification and doctoral degree to supplement her public health and academic work.

She currently is the Associate Director for Community Programs for the Center for Health and Human Services at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, located just outside of Nashville, where she has been a project director of multiple grants since 2002 and served as interim director from 2015-2018. Cindy offers her consulting services and volunteer hours under the umbrella of Community Health Collaboratives, LLC which she founded in 2002 for organizations such as Unconditionally Her and other non-profit and charity organizations. She is pleased to promote empowerment and confidence of women readers across the globe, and to provide inspiration, motivation, and voice for social change through her role as editor-in-chief of Unconditionally Her.
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