March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.  People with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder have a higher risk of developing colorectal cancer so it is important that behavioral health providers learn the risks of colorectal cancer and encourage their clients to get screened.

Visit the CDC’s Screen for Life: National Colorectal Cancer Action Campaign to download factsheets, brochures, and educational materials for your clients.

The CDC has also released six video Public Service Announcements:

  • Community GardenCommunity Garden
    These PSAs use animation to encourage screening for colorectal cancer among adults aged 50–75. The PSAs counter myths and excuses that people use to avoid screening.

  • Photo of Meryl StreepControl (featuring Meryl Streep)
    Academy Award-winning actress Meryl Streep says, “There is so much in life we can’t control. But here’s something we can: colorectal cancer.” She talks about getting screened herself and urges others to do the same.

  • Photo from No Excuses public service announcementNo Excuses
    Diverse men and women ask questions about colorectal cancer and learn why, when, and how to get screened.

  • This Is Personal (featuring Terrence Howard)
    Golden Globe- and Academy Award-nominated actor Photo of Terrence HowardTerrence Howard talks about losing his mother to colorectal cancer and urges people to be screened for the disease.

  • Your Wake-Up Call (featuring Terrence Howard)
    Mr. Howard talks about how his mother’s death from colorectal cancer can serve as a wake-up call to viewers to get screened.

  • Photo of Jimmy SmitsThe Screening (featuring Jimmy Smits)
    Set in a movie screening room, Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning actor Jimmy Smits explains how a different kind of screening—for colorectal cancer—saves lives.

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