Test your knowledge about Colorectal Cancer Screening:
If you think the answer is true or mostly true, answer true. If you think the answer is false or mostly false, answer false.
- Colorectal Cancer is predominantly a “man’s disease,” affecting many more men than women annually?
FALSE: Colorectal Cancer affects an equal number of men and women. Many women however, think of CRC as a disease only affecting men and might be unaware of important information about screening and preventing Colorectal Cancer (CRC) that could save their lives, says the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.
- Only women over the age of 50 who are currently experiencing some symptoms or problems should be screened for Colorectal Cancer or Polyps?
FALSE: Beginning at age 50, all men and women should be screened for Colorectal Cancer, even if they are experiencing no problems or symptoms.
- A colonoscopy screening exam typically requires an overnight stay in the hospital?
FALSE: Colonoscopy is almost always done on an outpatient basis. A mild sedative is usually given before the procedure and then a flexible, slender tube is inserted into the rectum to look inside the colon. The test is safe and the procedure itself typically takes less than 30 minutes.
- Colorectal Cancer is the third leading cause of cancer deaths in women in the United States?
TRUE: After lung cancer and breast cancer, colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Annually, approximately 130,000 new cases of colorectal cancer are diagnosed in the United States and approximately 56,000 people die from the disease. It is estimated that increased awareness and screening could save 30,000 lives each year.
- Tests used in screening for colon cancer include digital rectal exam, stool blood test, barium enema, flexible sigmoidoscopy, and colonoscopy.
TRUE: These are five different tests used in screening for Colorectal Cancer.
- Colon cancer is often preventable?
TRUE: Colon cancer is highly preventable. Screening tests such as colonoscopy and flexible sigmoidoscopy may detect polyps (small, grapelike growths on the lining of the colon). Removal of these polyps can prevent Colorectal cancer from developing.