Coliseum Health System - March 03, 2016

So you turned 50 and friends are asking when you’re going to have a colon cancer screening. You say, ‘I don’t need that’ but what you really mean is ‘I don’t want to get a colonoscopy!’ Well, get over it and get it done!

Did you know that Colorectal Cancer (commonly known as colon cancer) is the third leading cause of cancer related deaths in the U.S. among men and women and is expected to cause about 49,000 deaths during 2016? But routine testing starting at age 50 can actually prevent many cases of colon cancer or find it at an early stage when it is highly treatable. Because many people are not getting tested, only about 4 out of 10 are diagnosed early enough to have successful treatment.

Here’s how screening can help. Most colon cancers start as colorectal polyps. Screening can detect them and they can be removed before they become cancerous. That’s incredibly important to avoiding this disease. And if they have already become cancerous, early detection and removal makes your colon cancer survivable. Isn’t that the goal?

No one wants to develop cancer of any kind. So why is it so difficult to do the one thing that can help prevent this particular type of cancer – the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death?

If you’re 50 or older, talk to your physician about the type and frequency of colorectal cancer screening that is right for you. For more information about screenings or for a referral to a qualified physician, call our free Consult-A-Nurse line at (478) 746-4646.