A study co-authored by American Cancer Society Vice President, Surveillance and Health Services, Ahmedin Jemal, DVM, PhD and appears in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, finds that increasing screening rates to 80% by 2018 would prevent 277,000 new cases of colon cancer and 203,000 deaths within 20 years. The National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT), a national coalition of public, private and voluntary organizations has made the primary goal of its 2018 initiative reaching the 80% screening rate.
Colon cancer is the second highest cause of cancer deaths in the United States and affects both men and women. Over time, undetected colon polyps that grow silently inside you may become colon cancer. Screening tests can detect colon polyps and cancers and only colonoscopy can detect and remove polyps in a single doctor visit.
This short YouTube video may be worth adding to your colonoscopy screening page to help educated your patients of the importance of colon cancer screening.