Screening Saves Lives!
Women and men over the age of 50 are at an increased risk for colon cancer. Having regular screening tests beginning at age 50 could save your life. Screening can find precancerous polyps (abnormal growths in the colon or rectum) so they can be removed before turning into cancer. Screening can find colorectal cancer at an early stage, when treatment often leads to a cure.
Colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the United States, and Nebraska ranks 41st for screening rates, but we can do better. Get screened today!
Colon cancer often starts with no symptoms. The exact cause of most colon cancers is not known, however research says that approximately 75% of colorectal cancers occur in people with no known risk factors.
Risk factors may increase a person's risk of developing colon cancer. Risk factors include having a family history of colon or rectal polyps or colorectal cancer, or Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Ulcerative Colitis or Crohn's Disease) Genetic syndromes.
Colon cancer develops with few, if any, symptoms at first. If symptoms are present, they may include:
These symptoms can also be associated with other health conditions. If you have any of the symptoms, discuss them with your health care provider. Only your health care provider, through testing, can determine why you're having these symptoms.
The following are recommendations for men and women 50 years of age and older. The recommendations are to use one or a combination of the following tests for persons at average risk.
Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) - YearlySigmoidoscopy - Every 5 yearsColonoscopy - Every 10 yearsDouble Contrast Barium Enema (DCBE) - Every 5-10 Years
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Seven steps to lowering your risk of colon cancer:
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