Colorectal Cancer Screenings

Protect yourself and those you love

 

Colorectal Cancer Prevention

Colorectal cancer is cancer of the colon or rectum. It is as common in women as it is in men. In fact, we are all at risk. Last year, over 136,830 people were diagnosed with colorectal cancer and an estimated 50,310 died of the disease.

The good news is that about half of all colon cancer deaths a year could be prevented in the U.S. if everyone age 50 and older got screened for colon cancer. Even when not prevented, colon cancer, in its early stages, is highly treatable, with a five-year survival rate of 90%. However, due in part to people failing to get tested, only 39% of colon cancers are detected at this stage.

Colon cancer increases with age and more than 90% of cases are diagnosed in individuals 50 and older. If you have a family history of the disease, talk to your doctor about getting screened earlier. Colorectal cancer almost always starts with a polyp – a small growth on the lining of the colon or rectum – that doctors can remove and stop colorectal cancer before it starts.

Get tested; protect yourself and those you love. For a personal story of hope, meet Christopher Foster, and read his survivor story.

To get connected, join the Great Plains Learning and Action Network. It is an excellent way to access resources, materials and network with others. Join the Learning and Action Network today.

We encourage you to access the resources on our site. Learn more about preventive measures and the benefits of screenings. We hope, through our efforts, individuals will seek preventive care, live healthier lives, have better health outcomes and an overall better care experience. Partner with us; let’s make a difference together.

Let my heartbreak be your wake-up call. Get screened for colorectal cancer.

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Colorectal Cancer News

News

09Oct

Three Steps to Prevent Colorectal Cancer

The Great Plains Quality Innovation Network (QIN) partnered with organizations from eight communities across the four-state region to host viewing sites for American Cancer Society's Vice President of Cancer Control Intervention Dr. Durado Brooks'…read more →
05Sep

Share Family History to Prevent Colorectal Cancer

Families share most everything, from the leftovers in the refrigerator to their very DNA. Understanding family health history can prevent colorectal cancer and save a life.  Risk factors, screening options and family health history all…read more →

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Learning and Action Network

We invite you to join the Great Plains Learning and Action Network (LAN). All LAN partners will be invited to attend educational sessions on a variety of topics, have opportunities to learn from peers throughout the state and region and have access to an abundance of resources and tools. The LAN is a great opportunity to get connected and demonstrate your commitment to quality improvement.