At Colon Screening for Life, Inc., a non-profit 501c (3) organization, our mission is to work to increase the number of colon cancer survivors by educating the community on the importance of early detection through regular screenings such as colonoscopies. Along with our community partners we work to decrease the incidences of colon cancer and related deaths in the Tri-State area by encouraging individuals to make informed choices that lessen the possibility of developing colon cancer and increasing the number of individuals who seek timely colon cancer screenings.
The Second Leading Cancer Killer
Colorectal cancer is cancer of the colon and rectum. Of cancers affecting both men and women, colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the United States. But it doesn’t have to be. Screening can find precancerous polyps—abnormal growths in the colon or rectum—so they can be removed before turning into cancer. Screening also helps find colorectal cancer at an early stage, when treatment often leads to a cure.
Almost all colorectal cancers begin as precancerous polyps (abnormal growths) in the colon or rectum. Such polyps can be present in the colon for years before invasive cancer develops. They may not cause any symptoms. Colorectal cancer screening can find precancerous polyps so they can be removed before they turn into cancer. In this way, colorectal cancer is prevented. Screening can also find colorectal cancer early, when there is a greater chance that treatment will be most effective and lead to a cure.
The American Cancer Society (ACS) has guidelines for colorectal cancer screening and recommends people at average risk for colorectal cancer begin screening at age 45. In the most recent guideline update, ACS lowered the age to start screening because studies show rates of colorectal cancer among people younger than 50 are on the rise. If all adults 45 and older were screened for colorectal cancer we could avoid thousands of deaths each year and prevent many people from ever getting the disease.
Plan for your Colon Screening
There are lots of things you can’t prevent: taxes, jury duty, the dog crashing your video meeting. But regular, on-time screening tests can help prevent colorectal cancer.