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Introduction. Presentation Overview. What is colon cancer? Reduce your risk How to find a screening facility Patient resources Get involved. What is Colon Cancer?. The Facts. 2 nd leading cancer killer in the U.S. Every 9.3 minutes, a person in the U.S. dies of colon cancer

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Introduction


Presentation Overview

  • What is colon cancer?

  • Reduce your risk

  • How to find a screening facility

  • Patient resources

  • Get involved


What is

Colon Cancer?


The Facts

  • 2nd leading cancer killer in the U.S.

    • Every 9.3 minutes, a person in the U.S. dies of colon cancer

  • Survival depends on early detection

    • 90% five-year survival rate in early detected cases


What is Colon Cancer?

Cancer that occurs in the colon or rectum. It is also called colorectal cancer.


What is Colon Cancer?

Colon cancer comes from polyps.

One in every three adults has polyps.


How Can I Reduce

My Risk For

Colon Cancer?


How Can I Reduce My Risk?

  • Know your risk

  • Maintain a healthy weight throughout life

  • Be physically active

  • Eat a healthy diet

  • Limit consumption of alcoholic beverages

  • Do not use tobacco products


How Can I Reduce My Risk?

Groups at an increased risk:

  • Those age 50 and older

  • Individuals with a personal or family history of colon cancer, non-cancerous colon polyps, or Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

  • Alaska Natives, Native Americans, African-Americans, Hispanicsand Jews of Eastern European decent


How Can I Reduce My Risk?

The best way to reduce your risk is by getting screened.


Colon Cancer Screening


Screening Options

There are many screening options. You should talk to your doctor about finding the screening test that is right for you.


Screening Options

  • Common Screening Options:

    • Colonoscopy

    • Virtual colonoscopy (computerized tomographic colonography or CTC)

    • Sigmoidoscopy

    • Fecal occult blood test (FOBT)

    • Fecal immunochemical test (FIT)

To learn more about screening options and tests, visit www.ccalliance.org.


Screening Options

A colonoscopy is the most effective screening method. It can reduce the average person's risk of dying from colon cancer by 90%.


Screening Options

  • Just over half of U.S. adults aged 50+ have had a colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy.

  • Why aren’t people getting screened?

  • Good news – screening rates are on the rise!


How can I find a screening facility?


Screening Facilities

  • Get a referral from your doctor

  • Visit the CCA’s Screening Resource page at www.ccalliance.org to find a surgeon or screening facility near you


Where can I find resources or support if I have colon cancer?


Resources and Support

The Colon Cancer Alliance (CCA) is a community that provides hope and support to colon cancer patients and their families while saving lives through screening, access, awareness, advocacy and research.

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Patient Support Services

  • Toll-Free Helpline: (877) 422-2030

  • Buddy Program

  • www.MyCCASupport.com

  • Local Chapters

  • Clinical Trials Matching Service

  • National Conference

  • Conversations about Colorectal Cancer Webinars


How Can I Join the

Fight Against Colon Cancer?


Get Involved

  • Become a CCA Voices Volunteer

  • Join the Buddy Program

  • Participate in an Undy 5000 5K Walk/Run

  • Make a donation or hold a fundraiser

  • Talk about colon cancer with family and friends

  • “Like” the CCA on Facebook or follow on Twitter (@CCAlliance)


Get Involved

  • March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

    • Raising awareness about colon cancer

    • Increasing screening rates

    • Celebrating survivors and honoring those we’ve lost


Get Involved

  • National Dress in Blue Day Program

    • Kicks off March every year

    • Brings nationwide attentionto colon cancer andcelebrates the courageof those affected by this disease

    • www.dressinblueday.com


Learn More

To learn more or to find out how you can get involved in the fight against colon cancer, visit:

www.ccalliance.org


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