Not Just For Seniors: Colorectal Cancer, the Cancer You Can Prevent!
By Rhonda Kay Leonard
Did you know that your risk of developing colon cancer increases as you get older? According to the Center for Disease Control, “More than 90% of cases occur in people who are 50 years old or older.” The Oregon Health Authority is touting colon cancer as “the cancer you can prevent” in a campaign that went Statewide in 2011.
They key to preventing colorectal cancer is, of course, screening and early detection. Because people are most likely to get screened if someone they know and trust encourages them, this campaign urges Oregonians who were already screened to talk about their experience, and encourage others to get screened too.
If you’ve been screened for colon cancer, join us in talking about this preventable disease.
In conversations, consider sharing:
- Everyone over the age of 50 (45 for African Americans) should be screened for colorectal cancer even if they don’t have a family history or symptoms.
- Screening lets your doctor find and remove polyps before they turn cancerous, or catch cancer at an early stage when it’s highly treatable.
- Most insurance plans cover 100% of the cost of screening with no co-pays or deductibles. Even without insurance, there are low cost, reliable options.
- Talk to your doctor about the one that is right for you. Make and keep your appointment to be screened.
Then, do what I’m doing: tell someone else.
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