Colon cancer: Preventable. Treatable. Beatable!
If you are age 50 or older, colon health screening could save your life. With regular screening, you can stop colon cancer before it starts. Colon cancer starts with a growth, also called a polyp, that is not cancer. Colon health screening can find and remove growths before they develop into cancer.
Colon health screening is strongly recommended by the American Cancer Society and by the U.S. Preventive Health Services Task Force.
If you can, find out if there is a history of colon cancer in your family. It can help your medical provider decide if you need screening before age 50 and which screening test is right for you. It is important to have a colon health screening if you are age 50 or older, even if you feel fine and have no family history of colon cancer.
Don't wait for your medical provider to remind you. If you are age 50 or older, ask for a colon health screening. If you do not have a medical provider or if you need information about free or low-cost health insurance, call Community Health Access Program (CHAP) toll free 1-800-756-5437.
Many people don't get screened because they don't know they should. Share what you know about colon health screening with someone you care about. Colon health screening saves lives.
Types of colon health screening
There are four recommended screening tests for colon cancer including Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT), flexible sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy, and double contrast barium enema. Talk to your medical provider to find out which test is best for you and when you should be screened. People who have a family history of colon cancer may need screening earlier than age 50.
- Tips to help prevent colon cancer
- Colonoscopy, FOBT fact sheets and radio announcements in English and Spanish
- "Screen for Life" Public Service Announcement by multiple Hollywood actors
- Learn more about the four types of screening exams from the American Cancer Society.