1. ccmarchColon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death for both men and women in Maine.
  2. Risk for colon cancer increases with age. 90% of colon cancer appears in men and women age 50 or older
  3. There are no symptoms of colon cancer in its early stages – getting screened is the only way to know you are healthy.
  4. Colonoscopy is the most common screening tool for colon cancer (done every 10 years). During this procedure, doctors can identify the cancer in its early stages and remove abnormal cells or polyps.
  5. You have other screening choices – fecal occult blood test (done annually) and flexible sigmiodoscopy (done every five years).
  6. Colon cancer is one of the easiest cancer to treat when found early.
  7. Colonoscopies are typically performed under sedation and most people report that it’s painless.
  8. The Affordable Care Act requires coverage of colorectal cancer screening tests for those 50 or older by health plans that started on or after September 23, 2010. Check your policy for details. Many insurance companies and MaineCare cover the costs of a preventative colonoscopy without any co-pay or deductible.
  9. Maine participates in the Colorectal Cancer Control Program through the Centers for Disease Control to provide screening to low-income citizens. If you’re age 50 or older, have no insurance (or insurance that does not cover the cost of a colon cancer screening test), you may be eligible. Read more here: http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/population-health/ccc/colorectal.shtml
  10. Getting screened can save your life!

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