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Top 10 Reasons- Colorectal Cancer Screening


.2.2010
 
News Article- week of March 7th
 
Top 10 Reasons YOU Should Have a Colorectal Cancer Screening Test
 
10. At least 60% of the deaths from this cancer could be avoided if everyone aged 50 or older had regular screening tests.

  1. Screening tests can find precancerous polyps so that they can be removed before they turn into cancer.
  1. Screening tests also can find colorectal cancer early, when the chances of being cured are good.
  1. Early-stage colorectal cancer doesn’t always cause symptoms.
  1. Many insurance plans and Medicare help pay for colorectal cancer screening tests.
  1. Through a new program, financially eligible people aged 50-64 who are under- or uninsured can receive a free screening. *Call Melissa at 457-8923 for eligibility.
  1. The screenings aren’t fun, but neither is colon cancer.
  1. If you have a colonoscopy as your screening test, you only need to do so every ten years.
  1. March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Use that as an excuse, reminder, and a motivator.

And the number one reason YOU should have a colorectal screening test is:

  1. Having this screening can save your life.

 
Colorectal cancer is a cancer that occurs in the colon (large intestine) or rectum. It is the third leading cancer killer in Montana, but it doesn’t have to be.
 
In 2008, 41% of Montanans aged 50 and older were not up to date with colorectal cancer screening. If you’re part of that 41%, please make a note: When you see you doctor this year, take a note reminding yourself to talk about a screening. Ask your doctor to help you decide which test is right for you.
 
For more information, please call Melissa at 457-8923 or Joan at 457-8960 at the Montana Cancer Control Program. You may also call the local health department at 547-3612, ext. 124. 
 
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