- 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.
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