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We Present

Light the Capitol Blue

An Awareness Rally to Fight Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal Cancer is the 2nd leading cause of death in the US. Approximately 5,530 Californians are projected to die from their disease this year alone. We plan to highlight this with a memorial display on the west lawn.

Please join us on

May 18, 2023

12:00 - 5:00pm

at the West Steps of the Capitol

1315 10th Street, Sacramento CA

Tribute to ASM M Gipson · C4 President and ACG Governor's Address ·

Survivors and advocates message · Performance by DHS Baroque Ensemble · Light the Capitol Blue with 5530 flags · Meet the experts at booths · Walkthrough inflatable mega colon exhibit

Light the Capitol Blue aims to raise awareness of preventable, beatable, and treatable colorectal cancer. The campaign seeks to remind eligible people to be screened for the second most common cause of cancer death (ACS, 2022). We advocate for equitable access to care and timely screenings, which can save lives and reduce the suffering caused by a diagnosis of colorectal cancer. Our organizations also spread awareness of common symptoms of colon cancer that physicians should not ignore and aim to help people be better advocates for their care if symptoms arise, independent of age when those symptoms occur.


Awareness and screening for colorectal cancer can save lives.

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  • In May 2021, the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) lowered the screening age guidelines from 50 to 45. (Fight CRC)

  • One in 5 colorectal cancer patients is ages 20-55. 

  • Only ~62% of Californians are current with their CRC screening. 

  • By 2030, colorectal cancer will become the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in adults ages 20 to 49 nationwide.

  • If routine screenings started at age 45, an estimated 24-28 colorectal cancer deaths could be averted for every 1,000 adults screened. 

  • There are many screening options for patients at average risk of developing colorectal cancer, including the possibilities that can be done in the privacy of your own home.

  • A screening colonoscopy can prevent cancer by removing pre-cancerous polyps before they can become cancer. Colonoscopy is the only recommended test for patients considered high risk for developing colorectal cancer at a more frequent interval than patients of average risk. Sharing your family and personal health history with your physician is essential when determining the most appropriate test.

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Ronald Hsu, MD FACG

Governor for Northern California, American College of Gastroenterology

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