Newswise — The
incidence of colorectal cancer has declined
in recent years, thanks to increased
screening for the disease.
However, many Americans
haven’t gotten the message about screening.
An estimated 148,800
people will be diagnosed with colorectal
cancer in 2008 and nearly 50,000 will die
from the preventable disease.
There are a number of
options for screening – stool blood test,
sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy, CT colonography
(or “virtual colonoscopy”) – and some
confusion about which test is best.
Everyone age 50 and
older should talk with their doctor to
determine which test is right for them.
The most important
message to share this month, and any time,
is Get Screened. Screening for colorectal
cancer saves lives.