Colon Cancer Awareness

Colon Cancer Awareness

Click here to read one patient's story...and how a colonoscopy helped save his life.

 

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States and a leading cause of death from cancer.

Colorectal cancer affects people in all racial and ethnic groups and is most often found in people age 50 and older.

The good news?

If everyone age 50 and older were screened regularly, 6 out of 10 deaths from colorectal cancer could be prevented. To schedule a colonoscopy screening contact your primary care provider. They'll assist you in scheduling the appointment. Wondering if a colonoscopy is covered by your insurance?

Here are some questions to ask your insurance company.

The Basics

People over age 50 have the highest risk of colorectal cancer. You may also be at higher risk if you are African American, smoke, or have a family history of colorectal cancer.
Everyone can take these healthy steps to help prevent colorectal cancer:

  1. Get screened starting at age 50. (To learn more about getting a colonoscopy click here.)
  2. Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.
  3. Get active and eat healthy.