Stop Colon Cancer Now

Colon Cancer is 90% preventable. Yet, Americans are dying at alarming rates from undetected or late-stage colon cancer because not enough people are getting screened. Colon cancer is the nation’s 2nd deadliest form of cancer, with nearly 55,000 U.S. deaths annually. The risk of a person having colorectal cancer in their lifetime is about 1 in 19.

Colon cancer indiscriminately affects people regardless of race, sex, economic status or family history. There are often no symptoms and almost 75% of cases have no prior family history. You may think that you are cancer free if you don’t have any symptoms or a family history, but that assumption may be putting your life at risk.

Getting screened is the first step.

Men

Colon cancer is the 3rd most common cancer in men, behind lung and prostate cancers, yet it’s the 2nd leading cause of cancer death in men. Just as men should consult their doctor about heart health, they should make colonoscopies part of their regular health check-ups as well.

Women

Colon cancer takes the lives of nearly as many women as ovarian, cervical and uterine cancers combined. Women should make colonoscopies as much a part of their health care as a PAP test or mammogram to reduce their risk. Depending on medical history, this may mean screening every 3 to 10 years.

 

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