Colon cancer is the most preventable, yet least prevented cancer - the number two cancer killer among men and women in the U.S. today.
However, there is some good news on the colon cancer screening front: new statistics from Colorectal Cancer Facts and Figures 2014-2016 show a strong correlation between an increase in colonoscopies and a decrease in colon cancer rates over the last decade.
The numbers show that colon cancer incidents rates dropped 30 percent from 2000 to 2010. Meanwhile, the number of screening colonoscopy procedures nearly tripled during that same time period.
Although these facts are encouraging, we still have a long way to go when it comes to colon cancer screening. The most recent Vital Signs Report by the CDC suggests that 1 in 3 people are not getting their recommended colon cancer screening.
This infographic from Cleveland Clinic gives us an idea of the life-saving effects of colonoscopy procedures.
Talk to your doctor about colon cancer screening today. Our Doctor Discussion Guide is a useful tool for starting the conversation and getting yourself screened!