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.
In conversations, consider sharing:
- Everyone over the age of 50 (45 for African Americans) should be screened for colorectal cancer even if they don’t have a family history or symptoms.
- Screening lets your doctor find and remove polyps before they turn cancerous, or catch cancer at an early stage when it’s highly treatable.
- Most insurance plans cover 100% of the cost of screening with no co-pays or deductibles. Even without insurance, there are low cost, reliable options.
- Talk to your doctor about the one that is right for you. Make and keep your appointment to be screened.
- Then, do what I’m doing: tell someone else.
Your story could save a life.
When my grandmother died of colorectal cancer back when I was a child, there wasn’t really the option to get screened and prevent the cancer altogether. So, now that we have that option, why wouldn’t everyone get screened? Some friends and coworkers tells me they’re nervous. I was too. But, I say with all confidence that it’s really not that bad.
Gretchen Darnell – Seaside (listen to my story on the radio)