Be proactive

  • Humana members can visit an in-network doctor to schedule regular doctor visits and health screenings.
  • Colorectal screenings can save lives .

Colon cancer is often treatable

Colon cancer can happen to anyone, regardless of family history. However, it’s also one of the most treatable cancers if caught early. That’s why regular screenings are usually recommended if you’re 50 years or older. The American Cancer Society says that preventing colon cancer, not just finding it early, is a major reason for getting tested: “Having their polyps found and removed keeps some people from getting colorectal cancer.*” Setting up an appointment for a routine test now, and keeping it, is surely easier than changing your life to deal with cancer later.

There are several different ways to get tested

Most people over 50 should get regular screenings, regardless of family history.

The simplest option is a home test kit:

  • Takes only a few minutes once a year
  • Needs no prescription or special steps
  • Can be taken in the privacy of your own home

You may decide to get a colonoscopy instead, which may mean getting tested just once every 10 years. Your doctor can help you choose which test may be right for you and how often you have to take it.

Be aware of your family history

The American Cancer Society says that if you have a family history of colon cancer, you’re at higher risk and you may need to get screened using a different schedule *. Ask your doctor about when and how often you should get screened if it runs in your family.

*http://www.cancer.org/cancer/colonandrectumcancer/moreinformation/colonandrectumcancerearlydetection/colorectal-cancer-early-detection-acs-recommendations

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