Colorectal Cancer ScreeningGet Screened
Colorectal cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer deaths in the United States, yet many times, common misconceptions keep people from getting the appropriate screening and treatment that could save their lives.
Myth #1 Colon cancer only affects men.
Colorectal cancer affects both men and women. In fact, colon cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death in women. Your age, not your gender, is the biggest risk factor for colon cancer. Everyone over 50 years old should be screened for colon cancer.
Myth #2 You only need to get screened if you have symptoms.
Colon cancer is the most preventable and treatable type of cancer. Colon cancer in its early stages, when it is most easily treated, has no symptoms. Most colorectal cancers begin as polyps, which can change into cancer over the course of several years. Regular screening can find polyps and remove them before they turn into cancer.
Myth #3 Colon cancer is fatal.
Colorectal cancer is preventable and highly treatable when it is caught early. People who are diagnosed in the early stages have over a 90 percent chance of curing and surviving colon cancer. When colon cancer is found in its later stages, it is much harder to treat.
There are a variety of screening tests for colorectal cancer. If you are 50 or older, talk to your doctor to find the best screening test for you based on your family history and your lifestyle choices.
Still, not enough Utahns are getting screened. In 2016, Utah’s colorectal screening rates were
just over 72%. Since her father’s death from colon cancer, Karen Miller Coleman, daughter of
KUTV’s very own Doug Miller, has been dedicated to increasing screening rates throughout