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.
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