The Blue Lights Campaign
Raising Awareness to Conquer Colon Cancer 

MARCH is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Over 30 buildings in Philly and beyond shine in BLUE during March, urging people to get screened for Colorectal Cancer. Every State Capitol will also wear BLUE making it a national effort.
WHAT CAN YOU DO? Hang a strand of BLUE LIGHTS on the door of your home/business, or a BLUE LIGHT on your porch! Send us a photo of your BLUE LIGHTS or of “You in BLUE!” to

The Blue Lights Campaign, founded in 2014 by Dr. Marianne Ritchie, is a year-long initiative aiming to increase awareness of colon cancer by educating the public on the importance of prevention and early detection.

Colon cancer (also known as colorectal cancer) is a very common and often deadly disease, but with screening, it is PREVENTABLE. Unfortunately, fewer than 65% of age-appropriate Americans get screened.

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The Blue Lights Campaign culminates annually in March during Colon Cancer Awareness Month that takes place in Philadelphia and beyond! This includes over 30 buildings in BLUE including skyscrapers, arenas, iconic Boathouse Row, the Ben Franklin Bridge and even the Pennsylvania State Capitol.

The campaign was recognized with the top national award for Colon Cancer Awareness from the American College of Gastroenterology for spreading this life-saving message. 

Our mission is to share the news that even though colon cancer is a very common and often deadly disease, it is preventable with screenings.

Our goal is to increase screenings and reduce colon cancer deaths.

Awareness Is Key

Colon Cancer is the #2 Cause of Cancer Deaths in Men & Women.

When colon cancer is detected at an early stage, before it has spread anywhere else, the 5-year relative survival rate is over 90%.  This means that 9 out of 10 people with early stage cancer survive at least five years.

Screenings Save Lives

Unfortunately, colon cancer can form and grow before it causes symptoms.  This is where screening tests come in!

A screening test is an examination that is done before a person has symptoms in people who are at risk.  Several types of screening tests are available, so talk to your doctor and decide which test is best for you.

The most important thing is that you get tested! It’s all about prevention and early detection!



Encourage family, loved ones, friends and colleagues to get screened, whether they have symptoms or not!


Help promote awareness for colon cancer and encourage people to get screened by putting blue lights outside your home.  You can show your support by simply changing your porch light blue or buy getting a strand of blue Christmas lights. Consider a blue flood light for the front of your house.


The Blue Lights Campaign is a registered 501(c) 3 non profit organization. You can help by contributing to our mission!