LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – In honor of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, the bridges over the Arkansas River and the One Union National Plaza Building in Little Rock will be illuminated with blue lights to raise awareness this Friday.

The lights will turn blue on March 3 at 6:30 p.m. The best spot to view the bridges and building will be outside the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum on Riverfront Park Drive in North Little Rock.

March Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month brings attention to the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States, colorectal cancer.

In Arkansas, over 1,390 people will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2017 and it is estimated that 600 Arkansas residents will die of colorectal cancer this year. With screening and early detection, colorectal cancer is preventable, treatable and beatable. Awareness of screening tests supports the National Colorectal Cancer Round Table’s national goal of screening 80 percent of eligible U.S. adults for colorectal cancer by the end of the year 2018.

Arkansas is currently at 59 percent and ranks 46th nationally. Regular screening is one of the most powerful weapons for helping prevent colon cancer or finding it early.

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