Find information to share
Here is helpful information you can share with friends, family members and coworkers about the importance of getting screened. Tell them about your experience and encourage them to get screened too.
Share these facts:
- Men and women at average risk of colorectal cancer need to get screened starting at age 50 (45 for African Americans) even if they have no family history and feel healthy*. People at increased risk of colorectal cancer should talk to their doctor about when to begin screening, which test is right for them and how often to get tested.
- Getting tested on-time can prevent colorectal cancer or find early forms of cancer that can be treated.
- Most insurance plans cover all the cost of screening with no out-of-pocket costs such as co-pays or deductibles. Even without insurance, there are low cost, reliable options, including ones you can do at home.
- Get screened, then, do what I’m doing: tell someone else.
Your story could save a life.
*The American Cancer Society now recommends screening beginning at age 45 for all average-risk adults.
I had my first colonoscopy in my 30s because of my family history. My grandfather had colon cancer; he died after it spread to his liver. When my sister and mother were screened, the doctors removed polyps, and now they’re fine. If the procedure is a little uncomfortable, a little embarrassing, just remember: If colon cancer is detected early, it can be treated and you can go on to live a very long life. We need to drop that guard down and look at the big picture.
Jeff Johnson- juvenile probation officer for Deschutes County, Bend