- 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.
My dad was diagnosed with colorectal cancer when he was 67 and died from it eight months later. He never got a colonoscopy. As a result, my brother, sister and I all get regular colonoscopies and have all had precancerous polyps removed. These screenings REALLY save lives!
Clatsop County has the second highest mortality rate with colorectal cancer in the state and that’s just one more reason I’m sharing my story. It’s so important that people talk about their experience because it makes people more at ease with the idea of a colonoscopy and encourages others to go in and get screened.
Nancy Magathan – Astoria