There are so many different activities that best friends share: playing sports, going to movies, shopping, cooking and lots of others. What a perfect way to encourage your BFF to get screened for colorectal cancer. Even better-why not make this another thing you do together? Friends don’t let friends avoid getting screened. The American Cancer Society (ACS) recommends that adults with average risk of colorectal cancer start regular screenings at age 50. There are two main types of screenings:
- Stool-based tests: These tests check the stool (feces) for signs of cancer. These tests are less invasive and easier to have done, but they need to be done more often. The Kenosha Community Health Center administers stool-based tests. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.
- Visual/structural exams: The next step after an abnormal stool-based test is a colonoscopy. These exams look at the structure of the colon and rectum for any abnormal areas. This is done either with a scope (a thin, tube-like instrument with a small light and video camera on the end) or with special imaging/x-ray tests.
Celebrate the joy of friendships this month: discuss risk factors and the importance of cancer screening with your best friend. Both of you can choose good health, a positive attitude and be proactive about preventing cancer. For more valuable information on all types of cancers, visit www.cancer.org. Contact KCHC for your wellness appointment today by calling (262) 656-0044 .