NEW YORK, June 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to reducing colorectal cancer incidence and death, is raising awareness for colorectal cancer this Father's Day through its Get Fit to Be Tied photo contest. The CCCF invites participants to visit www.facebook.com/ColonCancerChallengeFoundation and share photos of themselves wearing a favorite or memorable necktie using its Facebook app. Each day, the Foundation will choose a winning photo for a prize, as well as the chance to win the grand prize of tickets to a Yankees or Mets game.
Though colorectal cancer is one of the most preventable forms of cancer, it is the third most common cancer in both men and women. To combat this, the Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation encourages families to share their health histories this Father's Day and help individuals understand their risks. The Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation suggests following these guidelines:
- Get the facts.
- Talk to your family. Those with certain genetic mutations have a lifetime risk of colon cancer of up to 80 percent, and they are often those with a family history of colon cancer.
- Talk to your doctor.
- Get screened.
"Colorectal cancer can be highly treatable due to advances in screening and detection procedures," said Dr. Thomas K. Weber, MD, FACS, President of the Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation. "This Father's Day, we encourage everyone to put on your favorite necktie to raise awareness of this disease and show your support of those fighting it today. Our efforts can save thousands of lives each year."
About the Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation
The Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization registered in New York state and listed by the Federal IRS as a public charity dedicated to reducing colorectal cancer incidence and death. Its mission includes supporting research into the causes and cures for colorectal cancer, increasing public awareness, educating the public about the importance of early detection and forming strategic partnerships in the fight against colorectal cancer.
SOURCE Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation