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Get Screened during March for Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and the perfect time to get screened if you’re over the age of 50. While this particular trip to the doctor’s office may not be your favorite, it is important that everyone gets screened for colorectal cancer. Knowing what to expect may ease your anxiety before the test so explore the resources below and make your appointment to get screened this month.

Risk Factors

Are you curious about the risk factors for colorectal cancer? Get more information from the Bureau of Healthy Ohio webpage on colon cancer.

You may think that colorectal cancer only affects older men but that is not the case. Head over to the American Cancer Society’s website to de-bunk more common myths about colon cancer.

Screening

It is understandable to be nervous about getting screened for colorectal cancer for the first time. Read personal stories from individuals who had worries before they got screened and how they managed their concerns.

If your doctor recommends a colonoscopy for your colorectal cancer screening, know what to expect from the test by reading this article from the National Institutes of Health.

View an infographic from the CDC on the different screening options available to you and the benefits of being tested.

Ohio Colorectal Cancer Prevention Initiative (OCCPI)

Do you have newly diagnosed colon or rectal cancer?

Did you (or will you) have a surgical resection after January 1, 2013? 

If you answered, "yes," to the above questions, you could be eligible for a free study to determine if you have an inherited form of colorectal cancer.

Through the efforts of the community and funding support from Pelotonia, the OSUCCC-James has formed the Ohio Colorectal Cancer Prevention Initiative (OCCPI), a collaboration among many hospitals throughout the state to reduce illness and death due to colorectal  cancer in Ohio.  Through this initiative, all individuals in Ohio who are newly diagnosed with colorectal cancer will be screened for the most common type of inherited colon cancer (Lynch syndrome).  Screening all colorectal cancers for Lynch syndrome, also known as Universal Screening for Lynch syndrome, will help provide correct screening recommendations for high-risk individuals and their families, as well as access to genetic counseling and testing.

Read more about the study and view a PDF about Lynch syndrome from The Ohio State University.

For more information or to find out how you can join this study at a local hospital in Ohio, call Rachel Pearlman, MS, LGC, the study coordinator, at 614-293-5740 or toll free at 1-888-329-1654 or via e-mail at Rachel.Pearlman@osumc.edu.

 

Created on 3/13/2014