Need to be screened? It could save your life.
Colorectal cancer is the second most deadly form of cancer, but it doesn’t have to be. Screening can prevent the cancer or catch it early when it’s highly treatable.
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.
Most insurance plans cover all the cost of screening with no out-of-pocket cost such as co-pays or deductibles. Even without insurance, there are low cost, reliable options, including ones you can do at home.
Talk to your doctor about the one that’s right for you. Get screened. Then share your experience and encourage people you know to get screened too.
Your story could save a life.
*The American Cancer Society now recommends screening beginning at age 45 for all average-risk adults.
The procedure was routine and went well, and then the doctor called me into the procedure room and told me that my husband had a large tumor almost surrounding the sigmoid area of the colon and he needed surgery to remove it immediately. The doctors were able to find the tumor before it spread to any lymph nodes and my husband has had a full recovery. If he hadn’t gone in for his colonoscopy, he probably wouldn’t be with me today.
Colonoscopies save lives. To lose someone to this cancer when it can be identified early is awful and this screening helps our loved ones know about their cancer risks and treatment options early.
Renee Menkens – Roseburg