March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
Colorectal cancer is the fourth most commonly occurring cancer and the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, with over 56,000 people expected to die from this disease each year. However, it is a preventable and very curable disease if caught early.
The Digestive Health Institute, a part of the MD Anderson Cancer at Cooper, is committed to helping you maintain a healthy lifestyle. The American Cancer Society recommends that average-risk individuals begin colorectal cancer screenings at age 50. By getting colorectal cancer screening tests regularly, you are taking one of the most important steps in managing your health. When colorectal issues are identified early, we have a better opportunity to prevent and/or reduce your risk of developing colorectal cancer. Schedule your appointment today with a Cooper Digestive Health specialist.
Our Pledge: 80% by 2018
What is 80% by 2018? “80% by 2018” is a National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable initiative in which more than 1,000 organizations have committed to substantially reducing colorectal cancer as a major public health problem for those 50 and older. These organizations are working toward the shared goal of having 80% of adults aged 50 and older being regularly screened for colorectal cancer by 2018.
While colorectal cancer incidence rates have dropped in the U.S. among adults aged 50 and older, it is still the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States, despite being highly preventable, detectable, and treatable. If we can achieve our goal of 80% by 2018, 203,000 colorectal cancer deaths would be prevented across the U.S. – 6,000 in New Jersey alone – by 2030.
The 80% by 2018 initiative is led by the American Cancer Society (ACS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (an organization co-founded by ACS and CDC).
Get a Colorectal Cancer Screening
Colorectal cancer almost always develops from abnormal growths (polyps) in the colon or rectum. Screening tests can find polyps, so they can be removed before they turn into cancer. Screening tests also can find colorectal cancer early, when treatment works best.
Who is eligible?
- Men and women 50 and older
- Persons under 50 who have a family history
What screening options are available?
- Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT)
- Click here to learn more about these screenings.
What if I can't afford a screening?
- Most insurance providers will cover cancer screening at 100% wtih no copay.
- If you are uninsured or underinsured, click here to learn about options for free screenings through the MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper.