You could be dressed up as “Polyp Man.”
OK, it’s a funny picture. But it’s also a serious subject.
From Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, which is hosting Polyp Man this week:
Colorectal Cancer is the third most common cause of cancer death among men and women in the United States -even though it can be prevented. Stop by the Atrium on Wednesday to learn how you can lower your risk factors for developing this disease.
Don’t let the following five common myths stop you from getting the lifesaving tests you need, when you need them!
Myth: Colorectal cancer is a man’s disease.
Truth: Colorectal cancer is just as common among women as men. In 2008, more than 149,000 Americans will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and more than 50,000 will die from the disease.
Myth: Colorectal cancer cannot be prevented.
Truth: In many cases, colorectal cancer can be prevented. Colorectal cancer almost always starts with a small growth called a polyp. If the polyp is found early, doctors can remove it and stop colorectal cancer before it starts.
Myth: African Americans are not at risk for colorectal cancer.
Truth: African American men and women are diagnosed with and die from colorectal cancer at higher rates than men and women of any other US racial group.
Myth: Age doesn’t matter when it comes to getting colorectal cancer.
Truth: More than 90 percent of colorectal cancer cases occur in people age 50 and older. For this reason, the American Cancer Society recommends you start getting tested for the disease at age 50. People who are at increased risk for colorectal cancer – for example, those with a family history of the disease – may need to begin testing at a younger age. You should talk to your doctor about your specific situation and when you should begin getting tested.
Myth: It’s better not to get tested for colorectal cancer because it’s deadly anyway.
Truth: Colorectal cancer is often highly treatable. If colorectal cancer is found early and treated, the five-year survival rate is 90 percent. But because many people are not getting tested, only 39 percent of cases are diagnosed at this early stage, when treatment is so successful.
Now, back to the usual snark, already in progress.