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Colorectal Cancer facts offered by PRCIL

PALESTINE, July 26, 2014— After lung cancer, colorectal cancer (CRC) is the second leading cancer killer of men and women in the U.S.  The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends three CRC screening tests that are effective at saving lives:  colonoscopy, stool tests (fecal occult blood test-FOBT or fecal immunochemical test – FIT, and sigmoidoscopy. 

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), reports that approximately 90% of people live five or more years when their colorectal cancer is found through early testing.  Unfortunately, approximately 1 in every 3 adults between 50 and 75 years old is not getting tested as recommended.  It is a proven fact that testing saves lives, however, approximately 23 million adults have never been tested.  The people less likely to get tested are:

  • Hispanics
  • American Indian or Alaska natives
  • Those aged 50 – 64
  • Men
  • Those who do not live in a city
  • People with lower education and income

Approximately 2 of every 3 adults who have never been tested for CRC actually have a regular doctor and health insurance that could pay for the test.  As hard as it may be to believe, many people do not know they need to be tested.  Individuals need to know their own family history and any personal risks they may have for CRC.  They also need to learn about testing options and get the test that is right for their situation.  People should also encourage friends and family members to be tested for CRC.  Remember, the best test is the test that gets done!

For more information, contact Palestine Resource Center for Independent Living (PRCIL), 421 Avenue A, Palestine, Texas, 903-729-7505.

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