The Comprehensive Cancer Control Program was established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 1998, and in July 2006, the Southeastern Idaho Public Health received funding to implement the Comprehensive Cancer Control Program (CCCP) in Health District 6.
This year the main focus of Idaho's Comprehensive Cancer Control Program is colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer, which is cancer that occurs in the colon or rectum, is the second leading cancer killer of men and women over 50. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), colorectal cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in the U.S. Colorectal cancer affects both men and women, and 93% of colorectal cancer cases are diagnosed in the 50 or older population.
Since in its earliest stages colorectal cancer does not always cause symptoms, you may not know you have it. The only way to know if you have it is by getting screened. Screening tests can find precancerous polyps, which are small growths inside the colon or rectum that may turn into cancer, which need to be removed before turning into cancer.
Colorectal cancer is one cancer that can be prevented, since screening tests can find a polyp at its early stage before it has had a chance to develop into cancer. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), when colorectal cancer is found early and appropriately treated, survival is greatly enhanced, with a 5-year survival rate of 90%.
To determine which screening option is best for you, it is important to discuss it with your doctor. Medicare and many insurance plans will help pay for screening.
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, contact your physician.
Colon cancer is not a topic that people like to discuss, but we must talk about it and raise awareness on the importance of getting screened.
If you are 50 or older, talk with your doctor about getting screened it can save your life!