Over 50? Time to learn your colorectal cancer screening options
BUFFALO, Minn. (July30, 2013)— The US Preventive Services Task Force and the American Cancer Society recommend that starting at age 50 average-risk men and women should have regular screening for colorectal cancer. Unfortunately, many people delay making this important decision despite the fact that screening can save lives. As many as 3 out of 10 Buffalo residents, 50-75 years of age are not screened for colorectal cancer per current guidelines.
If you’re like many people, medical decisions can be confusing. Finding the right information can be difficult. It is important for people to know their screening options, understand the advantages and disadvantages (pros and cons) of each screening test, be empowered to ask questions, and tell their healthcare provider about what might be holding them back from making this important decision.
Buffalo Community Outreach Coordinator, Patty Erickson, couldn’t agree more. In fact, she joined the CRCS-WISDM project to encourage the people of Buffalo to learn more about the benefits of screening:
“In recently turning 50, I am personally more aware of the importance of screening and committed to making a screening decision. In preparing for this important decision, I’ve found the www.ScreenToPrevent.com website to be very valuable to weigh my options in accordance with my personal values. I am now ready to discuss and decide with my physician the best option for me.”
Screenings can find polyps so they can be removed before they turn into cancer. Screenings can also prevent and identify cancer early in people without symptoms, when the chance of cure is high. Bottom line: colorectal cancer screening can save your life!
For more information about colorectal cancer screening, screening options, and local resources, or to download a booklet with information to help you or important people in your life make a colorectal cancer screening decision, visit the CRCS-WISDM web site: www.ScreenToPrevent.com. The site also features tips on how to talk about this topic with your doctor and other important people in your life.
Talking about colorectal cancer screening isn’t always easy. If you have additional questions, want to learn more about screening tests, or would like to talk about your screening options with a registered nurse, please dial the Colorectal Cancer Screening community call-in line at (763) 684-7129.
The CRCS-WISDM Project is a joint initiative of Allina Medical Clinic – Buffalo, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota, Virginia Commonwealth University and the Buffalo community.
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