March Is Colon Cancer Awareness Month

Did you know that colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States? And that one in five people diagnosed will be under the age of 55? How about that it is the most treatable form of cancer when diagnosed early? 

Since 2014, the NH Public Health Association has partnered with the national Colon Cancer Coalition and Gould Hill Farm to host the Get Your Rear in Gear Trail 5K, raising close to $150,000 from fees, sponsors, and donations. With the race proceeds, grants have been distributed to NH community health centers to purchase test kits and make sure everyone has access to critical early screenings.


On September 7, 2019, NHPHA and the Colon Cancer Coalition will once again host this new fall classic, featuring a course that takes runners and walkers through a pumpkin patch, apple trees, tapped maple trees, and a Christmas tree field. This family friendly event also features a Kids' Fun Run, prizes, music, snacks, and pre- and post- race stretching offered by Akasha Massage and Bodywork. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram (@NHGYRIG) or check out our website at

During March's observance of colon cancer awareness, we're launching the *Don't Miss It awareness and education campaign with ads on live local and streaming TV to promote early screenings. You might also notice our *Don't Miss It billboard along Rte. 293 in Manchester!

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