Screening is essential for WI's second-leading cancer type
It's a fact that cancer screening saves lives. For colorectal cancer , screening catches polyps before they turn into cancer, and identifies cancer in its early stages before symptoms arise. Alarmingly, 25% of Wisconsinites age 50-75 aren't getting the recommended colorectal cancer screening.
>> Here's what you should know:
- Colorectal cancer is the second-most common cancer type in Wisconsin, and the second leading cause of cancer death in the country. In Wisconsin, 90% of cases are diagnosed in people age 50 or older.
- Colorectal cancer is one of the seven cancer types affected by alcohol use. The more you drink, the greater your risk.
- Colorectal cancer screening is recommended for men and women between the ages of 50 and 75. There are several ways to screen for polyps or colorectal cancer - including, but not limited to, colonoscopies. (Patients who are insured should be aware of what their insurance covers.)
- African Americans and Native Americans are more likely to get and die from colorectal cancer than other races and ethnicities. Reducing barriers to screening can diminish these disparities.
- The incidence and death rate for colorectal cancer is on the rise among young people.
- New research suggests a diet of highly processed foods increases your cancer risk. Other risk factors for colorectal cancer include alcohol use, tobacco use, lack of regular exercise, and family history.
>> What You Can Do
Get involved in our "Increasing Access to Cancer Screenings" Action Plan. Email Allison Antoine or Michelle Moreau to learn more.