Thank you for spreading the word about the importance of colorectal cancer screening!
The Cancer You Can Prevent campaign informs people that colorectal cancer is the second most deadly form of cancer, but it can be prevented by screening. Everyone over the age of 50 (45 for African Americans) should be screened for colorectal cancer even if they don’t have family history or symptoms.
People are most likely to get screened if they are encouraged by someone else who has been screened. Please encourage your congregation, co-workers, neighbors and loved ones to talk about their experience!
We have materials available to help spread the word, including:
- Handouts for use in faith service bulletins, newsletters, employee mailboxes, etc.
- Content for newsletters, websites and social media
- Posters and fliers to print out and use in community spaces, workplaces, clinics and other locations.
Together we can save the lives of thousands of Oregonians!
I was advised to get screened for colorectal cancer when I turned 50 by my doctor. I told him I wanted to wait a while and decided to put it off until he asked me to do it again. Finally, after turning 55 and much prompting from my friend, I mentioned it to my doctor and he told me it was a smart thing to get done and he couldn’t believe I hadn’t done it already!
The experience turned out to be quite nice and the environment was very comfortable and inviting. This is such an easy procedure; it was as if I took a nap and woke up and it was over.
I can understand the hesitation to get screened, but it’s worth it and necessary in order for people to take preventive measures, as I did have a pre-cancer polyp. After a certain age, good health comes from being proactive.
I encourage others to talk to their doctor about their options and then share your experience with friends and family.
Jenny Kluver – Roseburg