“I don’t have the time.” -- “It’s embarrassing.” -- “I heard the preparation is difficult.”
These are just a few of the reasons why Delawareans refuse to get a colonoscopy. But colon cancer — the third-leading cause of cancer death among men and women in Delaware — is preventable, treatable and beatable. Don’t make excuses. Whether you’re on-time or long overdue, get screened for colon cancer!
According to the American Cancer Society, more than 90 percent of colon cancer cases occur in people age 50 and older. If you are in this age group, talk to your doctor. For your loved ones who are 50 years or older, give them a nudge. Remind them about the importance of a colonoscopy.
Fast facts about colon cancer:
- Colon cancer usually begins with a precancerous growth that, if found early, can be removed before it turns into cancer.
- Doctors recommend that men and women 50 and older get screened every 10 years for colon cancer.
- If you have a family history of colon cancer, you may need to get screened earlier and more often.
What you can do to reduce your risk of getting colon cancer:
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Get regular, moderate physical exercise at least five times a week.
- Eat a well-balanced diet.
- Get screened regularly.
- Don’t smoke or use tobacco.
- Know your family history.
- Remember 5-2-1-Almost None: Strive to eat five or more fruits and vegetables each day. Limit yourself to two or fewer hours of screen time per day. Be physically active for one hour each day. Drink almost no sugar-sweetened beverages.
Early detection can save your life or the life of a loved one. Talk to your doctor or call 2-1-1 to schedule a colonoscopy.