Colorectal Cancer Awareness

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Colorectal cancer screening saves lives. As a part of the 80-percent by 2018 program, OSF Saint Francis Medical Center is working in conjunction with the American Cancer Society for the shared goal of reaching 80-percent Screened for Colorectal Cancer by 2018.

Come learn about colon cancer screenings at the Peoria Friendship House (800 N.E. Madison Ave., Peoria) on Friday, April 15 from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. To schedule your screening, call (309) 308-5900.

To learn more about the steps you can take to stay well and help prevent colon cancer, visit the American Cancer Society’s website at or call at 1(800) 227-2345.

Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death in both men and women in the U.S.

Colorectal cancer accounts for nearly 10 percent of cancer deaths in the U.S.

1 in 3 adults ages 50 to 75 are NOT up-to-date with the recommended colorectal cancer screening.

The median age at diagnosis is 69 years old.

1 in 20 (around 5%) men and women will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer in their lifetime.

African Americans are more likely to develop colorectal cancer. Screening rates are lower than average in this group, so members are more likely to be diagnosed after the cancer has spread.

Those less likely to get tested include Hispanics, people ages 50 to 64, men, American Indian or Alaska natives, those in rural areas and people with lower income and education levels.

Colon cancer can be prevented with regular testing. There are a number of tests available, so talk to a doctor or nurse about the test that’s right for you.

If you are a man or a woman age 50 or older, talk to a doctor about getting tested for colon cancer, even if you have no symptoms. If you have a family history of colon cancer or polyps, you may need to get tested earlier than age 50. Discuss your family history with a doctor. You can also take steps every day to stay well and help prevent colon cancer, as well as many other diseases.

Get to and stay at a healthy weight by being physically active and eating a healthy diet.

Limit the amount of red and processed meat you eat, including pork and lunch meats.

Limit the amount of alcohol you drink to no more than two drinks per day for men and one drink per day for women.

Do not smoke or use any other forms of tobacco.

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