Research shows that more Delawareans under age 50 are being diagnosed with colorectal cancer. And in the U.S., 86 percent were found to have an advanced stage of this disease. Because of their age, younger patients who have symptoms are often misdiagnosed initially. Don’t ignore the signs.
Did you spend time with Laverne & Shirley, the Bunkers, the Jeffersons, Mork from Ork, and the Six Million Dollar Man? Do you remember watching the U.S. Olympic hockey team’s miracle on ice, stretched out in front of your family’s RCA Victor console TV? Although all of these shows and events happened more than 30 years ago, they’re reminders that you’re at the age for a screening of a very different kind.
In Delaware and in the United States, colon cancer arising in the large bowel — also known as colorectal cancer — is the third-most commonly diagnosed cancer in men and women, and it’s also the second-most common cause of cancer death. Although it is possible to develop colon cancer at any age, 90 percent of diagnoses happen after age 50.
If you are 50 or older, or have a family history of colon cancer, it’s important that you get screened. Know when and how often you should be screened, and find out what factors put you at a greater risk for colon cancer.
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!
The best way to reduce your risk for colon cancer is to get screened regularly. Colon cancer can be detected in its earliest stages, which means a better outcome. In addition to early detection, you can reduce your risk for colon cancer by eating right.
Almost all colon cancers can be prevented through early detection. A test called a colonoscopy not only tests for colon cancer, but also treats it by removing polyps in the colon that could become cancerous.