Colorectal cancer is one of the most preventable and treatable cancers with early detection and UAB is committed to raising awareness about screening on time. The American Cancer Society recommends that people 45 years or older at average risk of colorectal cancer start talking with their healthcare provider to see if screening is right for you.

Mark your calendar for this year's Colon on the Corner event on Thursday, March 7, and check out additional Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month resources and events below...

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  • Colon Month at UAB

    Colon Month at UAB

    Here’s how you can participate in Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month 2024:

    Colon on the Corner 2024
    Thursday, March 7, 7-9 a.m.
    The Kirklin Clinic Atrium

    Mark your calendar for UAB Employee Wellness' annual colorectal cancer awareness event, featuring free Red Cat Coffee and the 16-foot inflatable colon! Click here to see a slideshow from the 2023 event.

    Rumpshaker 5K
    Saturday, March 23
    Regions Field, 1401 1st Ave. South

    Mark your calendar for the 16th Annual Birmingham Rumpshaker 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run. The Rumpshaker 5K has raised well over a million dollars to promote awareness about colorectal cancer, grant funds to fight and treat it, and provide hope for colorectal cancer survivors and those fighting the disease.
    Click here to register or learn more.

    Preventing Colorectal Cancer with Dr. Gregory Kennedy
    Click here to watch
    March is all about spreading awareness about colorectal cancer and screening during Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Show your support by watching a presentation by colorectal surgeon, Dr. Gregory Kennedy, MD, PhD. Learn all about the facts of colorectal cancer, prevention, early detection, risk factors and screening options.

  • 2020 80% in Every Community National Achievement Award: Grand Prize Winner

    UAB was named the grand prize winner of the 2020 80% in Every Community National Achievement Award by the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable, founded by the American Cancer Society and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The 80% in Every Community Award is given in recognition of distinguished, ongoing efforts to increase colorectal cancer screening rates nationwide.

    In 2016, UAB Medicine and UAB Employee Wellness began partnering with the American Cancer Society to increase colorectal cancer screening and awareness among the university's 26,000 employees. These efforts led to the Love Your Bum, Get it Screened campaign, a creative and multifaceted campaign with screening events including an inflatable walk-through colon, lunch and learns with physician presentations, educational videos highlighting UAB leadership, contests, and screening and awareness messages on employee websites and social media. As a result, colorectal cancer screening among UAB employees enrolled in a medical plan has increased from 54 percent in 2014 to 68 percent in 2019.

    Read more at UAB News.

    SCOPY "Making CRC Awareness Fun" Award (2019 and 2020)

    In 2019, UAB Employee Wellness received a SCOPY: Service Award for Colorectal Cancer Outreach, Prevention and Year-Round Excellence for the category, "Making CRC Awareness Fun" for the annual Love Your Bum, Get is Screened campaign. The SCOPY Awards are presented annually by the American College of Gastroenterology for efforts to promote colorectal cancer awareness.

    Addressing the serious, and sometimes uncomfortable, topic of colorectal cancer screening, UAB embraced the challenge by putting a humorous spin on CRC awareness. The hallmark event for UAB’s campaign was the Colon on the Corner with Coffee event, which offered a free cup of coffee and included vendor tables, the inflatable colon and a toilet paper toss contest to win a monogrammed roll of toilet paper, hosted by Polly the Polyp.