Colorectal cancer is on the rise. According to the American Cancer Society, men have a 1 in 21 risk of developing the cancer within their lifetime and women have a 1 in 23 risk.
Yet, with recommended screenings, colorectal cancer can be prevented or caught early, which leads to better treatment outcomes.
Colorectal surgeon Glenn Hall, MD, said, “When adults get screened, colorectal cancer can be detected early at a stage when treatment is most likely to be successful. In some cases, it can be prevented through the detection and removal of precancerous polyps.”
To encourage screenings, the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable, co-founded by the American Cancer Society and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), unveiled the “80% by 2018” initiative to get 80% of the eligible population screened for colorectal cancer by 2018.
Being screened for colorectal cancer comes with options. You may be able to complete an in-home test, such as a fecal immunochemical (FIT) test or fecal occult blood test (FOBT), when available. If a colonoscopy is necessary, you may qualify for ProMedica’s Open Access Colonoscopy program, which allows healthy patients to forego an initial office visit with a specialist if they are age 50 or older with an average risk for colon cancer.
Dr. Hall recommends that average risk adults age 50 and older and African Americans age 45 and older learn more about colorectal cancer and take an active role in colorectal cancer prevention. He said,”If you fall into the guidelines for the screening, call ProMedica’s Open Access Colonoscopy number at 419-842-5040 to schedule your screening colonoscopy and encourage your friends to do the same.”