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 put off getting screened for colorectal cancer until I was about 54 years old. I finally took that step when I learned that it’s the 2nd leading cancer killer, and that it’s highly preventable—So to me it was a ‘no brainer’. I’m sure thankful that I took care of my health and got screened; the peace of mind is invaluable!
Dan Van Slyke – Roseburg