March Issue
March 10, 2015

Short takes: Are you 50 or older?

Source: NYSUT United

Talk to your doctor about colon cancer screening

Colorectal cancer, commonly called colon cancer, is the third leading cause of cancer death in men and women. Many colon cancer cases and deaths could be prevented through screening, when precancerous polyps are identified and removed before they progress to cancer. However, more than one in three adults age 50 and older are not getting tested as recommended.

The American Cancer Society is committed to increasing screening and saving lives from colon cancer. The ACS is working to increase access to screening in underserved communities, providing information and support to those facing a colorectal cancer diagnosis and conducting research to save lives from the disease.

There are several options for colon cancer screening, so talk with your healthcare provider about the best option for you.

If you are at an increased risk, you should talk with your doctor about being screened before age 50 and/or a more frequent screening schedule. You may be at a higher risk if you or a family member has a history of colon cancer or polyps. For more information, visit

Call your doctor today to discuss your screening. It could save your life.