March 1st marks the start of Colon Cancer Awareness month, a cause near and dear to our hearts here at Local Joint. Colon Cancer is the third most diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer related death in the United States, but is seldom talked about. We want to help change that. In order to do our part to spread awareness and raise money for the cause, from March 1st to March 31st we will be running a Colon Cancer Awareness Month Fundraiser! We are partnering with the community first organization The Colon Cancer Coalition to raise funds for the El Rio Health Home in Tucson.
We will be donating $1 for every $15 Local Joint preroll sold. Our wonderful vendors will also be joining us in this incredible cause. Delta 8 oils will donate $3 for every product sold. High Grade will donate $1 for every extract sold. Tru Infusions and Defi will donate $1 for every product sold. Hempful Farms and Zonka will donate $1 for every chocolate sold, and we will also be accepting cash donations in person at our store front.
The Colon Cancer Coalition is a national nonprofit that has spent 17 years putting on events such as the “Get Your Rear in Gear” 5k, and raising money for local organizations.They work hand and hand with local event directors and communities so that they can have a say in where the money goes and keep the money local. They’ve also worked to receive many screening grants to provide community members colonoscopies, an essential preventative measure. El Rio in Tucson is one of the many local organizations they have supported now for 3 years.
El Rio provides comprehensive, affordable, and quality care for all people in our local community. In 2020 El Rio had 6,156 patients diagnosed with some form of cancer with 13% of these patients being uninsured. Their outreach teams devoted countless hours to seek health coverage qualification for these patients, and for the individuals who did not qualify, actively worked with donor funds along with various local oncology groups providing discounted care to utilize said funds as full coverage as possible. Through Nov. 2020, El Rio Foundation donors have supported $127,098 in treatment for uninsured patients. They also have raised over $35,000 in order to fund colonoscopies for uninsured patients.
Things to Remember this Colon Cancer Awareness Month:
Know the symptoms – Anemia, pain in the lower back, unexplained fatigue/weakness, stomach cramping, blood in stool and/or from rectum, unexplained/unintentional weight loss, changes in stool, bloating, and persistent urge to have a bowel movement, are all common symptoms. However, sometimes no symptoms present themselves at all.
Know your body – Trust your intuition. You know your body more than anyone else. No matter your age, if something feels off, go to your doctor. Be your own advocate!
Know your family history – 25% of individuals with colon cancer have had a history of colon cancer in their families. Talk to your doctor about the frequency of screening, as it differs to individuals without a family history.
Get checked!!! – Colon cancer starts as polyps, and the best way to check for these is with a colonoscopy. Many people are scared of the prep, but prep for two days is way easier than treatment and procedures. 51% of people between the ages of 51-54 have not been screened! Again, GET CHECKED!
Anyone can get colon cancer – Some people are at a higher risk, including people with a family history of colon cancer and individuals over the age of 50. That being said, current research has shown cases over 50 are declining, whereas cases under 50 are on the rise. If you were born in the 1990s, you have 2x the risk of developing colon cancer and 4x the risk of developing colorectal cancer than those born in 1950. 1 in 5 people with colon cancer are between the ages of 20 and 50. All genders and races are equally susceptible to getting colon cancer.
Reduce your risk – A healthy diet, eating red and processed meat in moderation instead of excessively, and consistent exercise are all attributed to reducing the risk of colon cancer.
Over 90% of colon cancer is treatable in early stages, so education, awareness, and access to screenings are crucial. Help us help the community this month, participate in our fundraiser, increase conversation, and consider getting checked yourself!
*All facts and statistics are courtesy of The Colon Cancer Coalition.