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!
When I was 38 years old, I was diagnosed with colorectal cancer. Today, I am undergoing treatments and anticipating an upcoming surgery. At the age of 36, my brother went in for a colonoscopy and had precancerous polyps removed. I knew colon cancer was in my family, but I had no idea it would affect me, especially at such a young age.
If you have colon cancer in the family, and have not had your colonoscopy, do not wait for the suggested age of 50 to get screened. Be conscious of any intestinal or bowel abnormality that you might have, such as blood or mucous in the stool, and go get checked immediately. Screening can help catch it early when it is still highly treatable.
Michelle Dennis – Portland