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Have you been screened for colon cancer recently?

Talking about colon cancer can be difficult but the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) is starting the conversation in March for Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in Ohio1.  Fortunately, preventative screenings and early detection can save lives; as many as 60 percent of deaths from colorectal cancer could be prevented by regular screenings2.

People ages 50 and older should talk to their doctors about being screened for colorectal cancer. There are several screening options available, including simple take home options. The American Cancer Society recommends one of the following:

*Colonoscopy should be done if test results are positive.

** Highly-sensitive versions of these tests should be used with the take-home multiple sample method. An FOBT or FIT done during a digital rectal exam in the doctor's office is not adequate for screening.

Source: American Cancer Society Recommendations for Colorectal Cancer Early Detection. 

It’s important to remember that the only wrong choice is to not be screened at all. For information about colorectal cancer and what to expect during the screening, visit the American Cancer Society website at or the Colorectal Cancer Alliance website at

To spread the word at your workplace or within your community, the CDC has provided several posters on its website for use.

Here are two of our favorites:

"No Excuses" Poster

"Busy People" Poster






1. Colon & Rectum Cancer in Ohio, 2007-2011. Ohio Cancer Incidence Surveillance System, Ohio Department of Health and The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, December 2014.

2. “Colorectal Cancer Screening: It’s the Right Choice” Infographic. Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, February 2015.



Page Updated: 03/14/2018