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.
Colorectal cancer is virtually completely preventable if screenings and, if necessary, treatment is done early enough. Why wouldn’t you avoid the possibility of having to deal with the trauma of cancer by having the screening. The alternative is so much worse. This is one thing that I can do to prevent me from getting colorectal cancer. It is a no brainer to make the decision to have the screening done. In my case the doctor found and removed a polyp and I will be going back for a screening 5 years from the procedure instead of the usual 10.
Ken, Dallas Resident