Colon Cancer Screening
Preventable. Treatable. Beatable.
A Silent Killer
Colon cancer is the No. 2 cause of cancer death. Over 150,000 people will be diagnosed with colon cancer this year and, of those, 55,000 will ultimately die from it. People in our community… on your street… maybe you. This doesn’ t have to happen.
Colon Cancer is Preventable
Colon cancer is one of the few preventable cancers and is highly curable when detected early. Ninety percent of all colon cancers develop from colon polyps. Colonoscopy screening provides the most comprehensive examination to detect and remove polyps, usually in a pre-cancerous state. The American Cancer Society recommends colonoscopy for anyone with risk factors for colon cancer.
In the majority of cases, death from colon cancer can be prevented with colon cancer screening and early detection.
Are You At Risk?
For most people there are no symptoms from colon polyps or the early stages of the disease. Among those diagnosed with colon cancer, 85% have no family history of it. It strikes men and women equally. The risk increases with age.
- If you are over 50 years old you need to be screened for colon cancer.
- If you have a family history you need to be screened earlier.
- If you have a chronic inflammatory bowel disease you need to be screened earlier.
- Obesity, smoking, diabetes and physical inactivity increase your risk of colon cancer.
Cancer is a frightening word. But there is good news. Colon cancer is preventable. Know the facts and ask your doctor about colon cancer screening. It could save your life.