March is National Colon Cancer Awareness Month
Did you know colon cancer is the second leading cause of overall cancer deaths in the United States? One in 20 people will be diagnosed with colon cancer. It’s a scary statistic, but early detection through screening can dramatically reduce your risk. This means having your colon checked regularly starting at age 50, or sooner if you are at higher risk.
Did you know that:
Colon cancer is one of the most preventable cancers?
Testing can help your doctor tell if there is a problem, and some tests can find a polyp before it becomes cancerous?
Most people who have polyps removed never get cancer?
Colon cancer is not selective, it doesn’t care if you are White, Black, Hispanic, male or female. Anyone can get colon cancer.
Screening is covered by most insurance companies. Check your policy!
The Nebraska Colon Cancer Screening Program offers enrollment, screening and education information to Nebraska men and women who are 50-74 years of age. Income must be at or below 225% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. For example, a family of four can make up to $52,988 a year and be eligible for program services. Tests and services may include fecal occult blood test (FOBT) kit for at home testing, colonoscopy, and information about healthy living. All screening tests must be pre-approved by NCP staff. To find out more about the program you may call 1-800-532-2227 or visit www.dhhs.ne.gov/crc
Help raise awareness by wearing the color blue on Friday, March 7, 2014 and joining the Dress in Blue Day movement. The movement is a national campaign developed through the Colon Cancer Alliance. Visit www.ccalliance.org to learn more about colon cancer and how you can get involved.
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