We are the new 50 plus generation. We are adventurous, active and vibrant people who see this phase of life as a new and exciting chapter. We take care of ourselves so that nothing can stand in our way. But the truth is, we’ve been letting things get in the way of one lifesaving step – a colonoscopy. You can probably think of plenty of reasons to avoid getting screened. But, colon cancer is the second deadliest form of cancer.
Getting a colonoscopy is the most effective method of screening for colon cancer,and can actually detect and prevent cancer in just one procedure.
Unfortunately, only 60 percent of at-risk women have had one. That’s compared to the 80 percent of us that have had our mammograms and pap smears.
50 is the age (45 if you’re African American) when you should have your first colonoscopy. If you have a family history of polyps or colon cancer, or are experiencing certain digestive symptoms, you need to start earlier.When caught early, the survival rate of colon cancer is 90%, so stop making excuses. Give your colon some love and get screened.
So what are you waiting for? Thursday March 3rd is National Screening Day. Click here to find the number for a center near you.
For more information, visit www.stopcoloncancernow.com