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 screened for colorectal cancer and was diagnosed with stage IV cancer in February 2010. My surgeon estimated the cancer had probably been growing in my colon for about 10 years! If I had been screened earlier, there would have been advantages to diagnosing and treating the cancer earlier.
I talk about colon screening because I want my friends and family members to understand it isn’t a terrible process, like they might think. It’s easy to do, and when it comes to colon cancer, early diagnosis and prevention really make a difference. I’m an example of how it saves lives.
I have had regular checkups since then and have no evidence of colon cancer. I will continue to have colon screenings and I encourage others to do the same.
Joy Maxwell – Roseburg