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Colon cancer can be prevented with regular screening

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TAHOE/TRUCKEE and#8212; The American Cancer Society encourages California men and women 50 and older to make testing for colorectal cancer a priority. Colorectal cancer (commonly referred to as colon cancer) can actually be prevented through screening, which allows doctors to find and remove polyps in the colon before they turn cancerous. Most people should begin testing for colon cancer at age 50, but those with a family history are at higher risk and should start testing sooner. Make a point to learn your familyand#8217;s colon cancer history, and tell your doctor what you learn. Regularly scheduled cancer screening can save lives and help achieve the American Cancer Societyand#8217;s goal of creating a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Visit cancer.org or call 1-800-227-2345 for free information and details about free cancer patient/caregiver support programs.

Colon cancer screening has been proven to reduce deaths from the disease both by decreasing the number of people diagnosed with it and by finding a higher proportion of cancers at early, more treatable stages. Colon cancer rates in California have declined rapidly for all four major racial/ethnic groups since 1988 and#8212; a decrease of 30 percent among non-Hispanic whites, 18 percent among African Americans, 14 percent among Asian/Pacific Islanders and 7 percent among Hispanics.

and#8220;We have the opportunity to significantly reduce California death rates from colon cancer through regular screening,and#8221; said David F. Veneziano, CEO, American Cancer Society, California Division, Inc. and#8220;This cancer can be prevented through early detection and removal of polyps. We hope that Californians will use March and#8212; National Colon Cancer Awareness Month and#8212; as an opportunity to make screening a priority and talk to their doctors, family members and friends about getting tested. Itand#8217;s a conversation that could save lives.and#8221;

Colon cancer is the third most common cancer in both men and women. An estimated 14,530 cases of colorectal cancer are expected to occur in California in 2012, and an estimated 5,120 deaths. Risk factors for colon cancer include a personal family history of the disease.

The American Cancer Society recommends the following tests to find colon cancer early:

and#8226; Flexible sigmoidoscopy every five years, or

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and#8226; Colonoscopy every 10 years, or

and#8226; Double contrast barium enema (DCBE) every five years, or

and#8226; CT colonography (CTC) every five years

Tests that primarily detect cancer

and#8226; Annual guaiac-based fecal occult blood test (gFOBT) with high test sensitivity for cancer, or

and#8226; Annual fecal immunochemical test (FIT) with high test sensitivity for cancer, or

and#8226; Stool DNA test (sDNA), with high sensitivity for cancer, interval uncertain.

Tests that have a higher likelihood of finding polyps and cancer are preferred if patients are willing to use them and have access.

Prevention

Healthy lifestyle behaviors can also reduce risk of colon cancer. Studies show being overweight or obese increases colon cancer risk, as do diets high in red and processed meats. The American Cancer Society recommends adults engage in at least 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity five or more days a week and consume a healthy diet that includes five or more servings of vegetables and fruits each day, whole grains (instead of processed grains and sugars), limited alcohol and processed and red meats, and controlled portion sizes.

In addition, long-term smoking (for more than four decades) increases colon cancer risk by 30 to 50 percent. To help reduce cancer risk from smoking, the Society supports Proposition 29 which will appear on Californiaand#8217;s June 5, 2012 ballot. The proposition will increase the tobacco tax by $1 and invest nearly $600 million per year for cancer research. It will keep 200,000 youth from becoming smokers and prevent more than 100,000 premature deaths, including those from colon cancer.

Thanks to improvements in prevention, early detection, and treatment, more than a million people in the U.S. count themselves as survivors of colon cancer. Whether youand#8217;re worried about developing colon cancer, making decisions about your treatment, or trying to stay well after treatment, the American Cancer Society can help. Visit cancer.org or call 1-800-227-2345 for details.

About the American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nationand#8217;s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing about $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, about 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us any time, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

and#8212; Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.comTAHOE/TRUCKEE and#8212; The American Cancer Society encourages California men and women 50 and older to make testing for colorectal cancer a priority. Colorectal cancer (commonly referred to as colon cancer) can actually be prevented through screening, which allows doctors to find and remove polyps in the colon before they turn cancerous. Most people should begin testing for colon cancer at age 50, but those with a family history are at higher risk and should start testing sooner. Make a point to learn your familyand#8217;s colon cancer history, and tell your doctor what you learn. Regularly scheduled cancer screening can save lives and help achieve the American Cancer Societyand#8217;s goal of creating a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Visit cancer.org or call 1-800-227-2345 for free information and details about free cancer patient/caregiver support programs.

Colon cancer screening has been proven to reduce deaths from the disease both by decreasing the number of people diagnosed with it and by finding a higher proportion of cancers at early, more treatable stages. Colon cancer rates in California have declined rapidly for all four major racial/ethnic groups since 1988 and#8212; a decrease of 30 percent among non-Hispanic whites, 18 percent among African Americans, 14 percent among Asian/Pacific Islanders and 7 percent among Hispanics.

and#8220;We have the opportunity to significantly reduce California death rates from colon cancer through regular screening,and#8221; said David F. Veneziano, CEO, American Cancer Society, California Division, Inc. and#8220;This cancer can be prevented through early detection and removal of polyps. We hope that Californians will use March and#8212; National Colon Cancer Awareness Month and#8212; as an opportunity to make screening a priority and talk to their doctors, family members and friends about getting tested. Itand#8217;s a conversation that could save lives.and#8221;

Colon cancer is the third most common cancer in both men and women. An estimated 14,530 cases of colorectal cancer are expected to occur in California in 2012, and an estimated 5,120 deaths. Risk factors for colon cancer include a personal family history of the disease.

The American Cancer Society recommends the following tests to find colon cancer early:

and#8226; Flexible sigmoidoscopy every five years, or

and#8226; Colonoscopy every 10 years, or

and#8226; Double contrast barium enema (DCBE) every five years, or

and#8226; CT colonography (CTC) every five years

Tests that primarily detect cancer

and#8226; Annual guaiac-based fecal occult blood test (gFOBT) with high test sensitivity for cancer, or

and#8226; Annual fecal immunochemical test (FIT) with high test sensitivity for cancer, or

and#8226; Stool DNA test (sDNA), with high sensitivity for cancer, interval uncertain.

Tests that have a higher likelihood of finding polyps and cancer are preferred if patients are willing to use them and have access.

Prevention

Healthy lifestyle behaviors can also reduce risk of colon cancer. Studies show being overweight or obese increases colon cancer risk, as do diets high in red and processed meats. The American Cancer Society recommends adults engage in at least 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity five or more days a week and consume a healthy diet that includes five or more servings of vegetables and fruits each day, whole grains (instead of processed grains and sugars), limited alcohol and processed and red meats, and controlled portion sizes.

In addition, long-term smoking (for more than four decades) increases colon cancer risk by 30 to 50 percent. To help reduce cancer risk from smoking, the Society supports Proposition 29 which will appear on Californiaand#8217;s June 5, 2012 ballot. The proposition will increase the tobacco tax by $1 and invest nearly $600 million per year for cancer research. It will keep 200,000 youth from becoming smokers and prevent more than 100,000 premature deaths, including those from colon cancer.

Thanks to improvements in prevention, early detection, and treatment, more than a million people in the U.S. count themselves as survivors of colon cancer. Whether youand#8217;re worried about developing colon cancer, making decisions about your treatment, or trying to stay well after treatment, the American Cancer Society can help. Visit cancer.org or call 1-800-227-2345 for details.

About the American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nationand#8217;s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing about $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, about 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us any time, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

and#8212; Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.com