March 06, 2019
What is colorectal cancer? Colorectal cancer, cancer that starts in the colon or rectum, is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death in men and women combined in the United States.
The American Cancer Society estimates that this year 95,520 people will be diagnosed with colon cancer, 39,910 will be diagnosed with rectal cancer, and 50,260 will die from this disease.
We want to encourage you, as part of your SmartHealth preventative health routine, to get your colon cancer screening. Screening is the number one way you can reduce your risk of colon cancer and rectal cancer. Screenings are covered once every 10 years from age 50-75 and are free for you as a SmartHealth member as part of your standard preventative health benefits!
Despite its high incidence, colorectal cancer is unique in that it is one of the most preventable and, if found early, most treatable forms of cancer. Screening is easy and from colonoscopies to at-home stool tests, there’s an option for everyone.
What can I do?
Talk to your doctor today about screening options that are right for you. Or schedule an appointment online with Ascension care teams at https://ascensionhealth.inquicker.com/
This article contains information adapted from the Colorectal Cancer Alliance. For this and more information about colon cancer and prevention, please visit their website at www.ccalliance.org.