- Colorectal cancer is the second most deadly form of cancer, behind lung cancer, but it doesn’t have to be.
- Screening can prevent the cancer or catch it early when it’s highly treatable.
- Everyone over the age of 50 should be screened for colorectal cancer (45 for African Americans and 40 for those with a family history).
- There are several different screening options. Some cost as little as $25 and all are covered by insurance.
- One in every three people are not up-to-date on screening for colorectal cancer. Only 59 percent of Oregonians are getting screened. By comparison, screening rates for breast and cervical cancer are at or over 75%.
- Colorectal cancer is often symptomless.
- Colorectal cancer affects men and women equally.
- Research found that people are most likely to get screened if they’re encouraged by someone they know and trust. So, if you’ve been screened, sharing your story is critical to saving lives. Talk about your experience with people you know and encourage them to get screened too.
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