Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) is currently the second leading cause of cancer death in Idaho, but it doesn’t have to be. Colorectal cancer can be prevented if pre-cancerous polyps are found and removed before they turn into cancer. If cancerous polyps are found early and removed, survival rates are high.
Colorectal cancer affects both men and women and is most often found in people over the age of 50. Often people with colorectal cancer have no symptoms until the disease is at a more advanced stage. You can look and feel fine, have no known risk factors and still develop colorectal cancer.
It is generally recommended that screening for colorectal cancer begin at age 50. If you have a family history of colorectal cancer you should talk to your health care provider before age 50. Talk to your health care provider about the kind of test that would be best for you to screen for colorectal cancer and when you should be screened.
The Comprehensive Cancer Control Program has developed a marketing campaign to encourage screening for colorectal cancer. The campaign includes materials, and radio and print ads. All of Idaho's seven local health departments are funded by the Comprehensive Cancer Control Program to work in their communities to raise awareness about colorectal cancer and encourage screening.
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