The Truth About Colorectal Cancer Screening
The American Cancer Society estimates that 152,820 people will be diagnosed
in 2015 and that 50,830 will die from colon cancer in the United States
yet people accept myths (though inaccurate) as common knowledge making
the disease even more dangerous than it is. Some of the most common myths
are that the screening is embarrassing, painful or that this is a disease
that only older men get. Let’s debunk these myths.
“It’s embarrassing”, just remember that doctors and nurses
perform thousands of these procedures each year. They truly have seen it all.
“It’s Painful”, during the screening, you will be sedated,
you will not be aware of the procedure. You won’t remember it.
“It’s an old man disease”, this dangerous myth discourages
women from getting screened for colorectal cancer when in fact, an equal
number of men and women develop colorectal cancer each year. In 2014,
the American Cancer Society estimated that about 70,000 women and 73,000
men would be diagnosed with colorectal cancer in the United States. The
numbers prove that both women and men should get take action to prevent
Hopefully, debunking these myths will encourage you to take action to protect
yourself against colorectal cancer. Remember healthy individuals who aren't
at risk for developing colon cancer, should begin screening at age 50.
Screening can be done earlier or more frequent for those who have a high
risk for developing colon cancer. You are at high risk if you have a family
or personal history of colon cancer.
By Frank Garcia, Interactive Media and Marketing Manager