March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month…. How much do you really know?
The facts are:
- Colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer of men and women in the U.S., following lung cancer.
- 90% of people will survive 5 years or more if their colorectal cancer is found early, primarily through testing.
- Only 1 in 3 adults age 50-75 are getting tested as recommended. There is no doubt testing save lives, but only if people get tested!
- 76% of adults age 50-75 who don’t get tested are insured.
Come On People! Ask your healthcare provider or learn about testing options and get the test that’s right for you. The choices are; a colonoscopy, FOBT/FIT kits (small cards that you place a small smear of stool on and mail back to your healthcare provider or clinic), and a flexible sigmoidoscopy. These are all effective at finding cancer early. Additionally, a colonoscopy can actually prevent cancer by removing polyps (abnormal growths on the colon) during the test.
If you are between the ages of 50-75 (sooner if there is a family history of colorectal cancer or polyps or a personal history of inflammatory bowel disease), do your “dooty” and get tested.