March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

Join with Vanderbilt to:

  • Know the facts.
  • Honor and remember loved ones.
  • Get screened or motivate others to get screened.

Colorectal cancer starts in the colon or rectum. It's the third most common type of cancer in men and women in the United States.  

Colorectal cancer is one of the most treatable forms of cancer when it's found early. Screening is the #1 way to prevent it.

All adults should be screened for colorectal cancer. Individual risk factors – such as ethnicity, lifestyle, and family history – will determine when screening should occur. Talk with your doctor to determine the correct age to begin screening.

Get Involved:

Dress in Blue Day - Friday, March 6
Dress in Blue to support and raise awareness. Use this day to spread the word about colorectal cancer screening. Dress yourself, or your family, in blue and share your photos with the Vanderbilt community on Twitter @WellVanderbilt using the hashtag #wearblueVU or #wearblueVUMC.

Decorate Your Work Area Blue
Get creative and get blue! As a department group, decorate your work area in blue to raise awareness for Colorectal Cancer Screening. We want to see how you could remind people to stay up-to-date on colorectal cancer screening. Consider decorating a reception area, window, door, nursing station, or break room.

Participation: Make a team to decorate your work area. Large departments may have multiple teams participate. Faculty and staff may only be members on one team.

Registration: Registration is not required, but to receive a starter kit, email Health Plus by March 4.

Take a picture: Submit your photo by Wednesday, March 25, to Health Plus ( with the subject line:

  • Vanderbilt University: "VU Goes Blue"
  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center: "VUMC Goes Blue"

Judging will take place on March 26 and winners will be announced March 27. A Medical Center department and University department will be selected to win a prize package.

VU Goes Blue Day To Be Rescheduled

Scope Out Colon Health Expo To Be Rescheduled