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Partnership Spreads Awareness of Colorectal Cancer Risks
Colorectal cancer will affect 1 in 19 individuals at some point in their lifetime and is the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. for men and women. The good news is, colon cancer screening dramatically reduces your risk of dying from colon cancer. More than 80 percent of colon cancers are preventable through recommended colonoscopies and lifestyle changes.
The partnership between Froedtert Health Community Memorial Hospital and Bobbie Nick Voss Charitable Funds organization increases awareness of colorectal cancer and provides screening colonoscopies to at-risk individuals who don’t have health insurance. Since the program originated in September 2008, Bobbie Nick Voss Charitable Funds has provided funding for more than 70 colonoscopies to at-risk individuals.
Screening for colorectal cancer generally starts at age 50 for those without risk factors. You may need to be screened earlier if you currently have worrisome symptoms, such as rectal bleeding, a change in bowel habits, abdominal pain or discomfort, or unexplained weight loss. You may also need to be screened earlier if you have a personal or family history that indicates you may be at higher risk for colon cancer.
Please contact your physician to find out if it is time for your potentially life-saving colorectal cancer screening.
If you don’t have a physician, please call 1-800-DOCTORS.