Colon Cancer Awareness

Thank you to everyone who took part in the Colon on the Corner 2022, UAB's annual event in celebration of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month!

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. Check out additional 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 2022:

    Colon on the Corner 2022
    March 10-13
    Visit this page March 10-13 to watch the 2022 Colon on the Corner Video and take the survey to participate in the virtual event. The 2022 survey will only be live Thursday, March 10 through Sunday, March 13 at 11:59 p.m.
    Participants of the My Health Rewards program can earn 100 points for participating in the virtual event.

    Preventing Colorectal Cancer Webinar
    March 14, 5:30 p.m.
    Register for Preventing Colorectal Cancer, a webinar with Dr. Gregory Kennedy, Professor and Director of Gastrointestinal Surgery at UAB.
    Participants of the My Health Rewards program can earn 50 points for participating in the webinar.

    Yoga on the Green
    March 26, 7:30 a.m.
    Join URec for a moment of relaxation and fresh air during Yoga on the Green, led by University Recreation's Elexia C on the UAB Campus Green.

  • 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.