Estimates find almost a thousand Nebraskans will be diagnosed with colon cancer this year and 360 will die from it. Chuck Reed, a spokesman for the American Cancer Society, says this is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.
“It’s a big month for us as we’re trying to create awareness,” Reed says. “We want people to know about what they can do to avoid getting colon cancer. It has one of our best screenings. The colonoscopy is kind of the gold standard for cancer screenings.”
He urges Nebraskans at a certain age and above to schedule a colonoscopy.
“Get it at 50 if you haven’t had one yet,” Reed says. “It’s one of the few screenings for cancer where, if indeed cancer is found, a small polyp is found, they remove it. So, not only does it decect the cancer, it also removes it.”
Reed said there are steps you can take every day to stay well.
“Your diet, exercise, avoiding tobacco, limiting alcohol consumption,” Reed says. “All of those things we try to tell people to do to avoid getting cancer certainly apply for colon cancer.”
One new tactic the Cancer Society is using to get out the word this month is on drink coasters. Learn more at www.cancer.org.