There are no early warning signs for colon cancer. That is why it is so
important that both men and women ages 50 or over get a colonoscopy to
prevent the disease.
Dr. Jewel Salamander with the Huntsman Cancer Institute says colon cancer is
preventable and shares information everyone should know.
· Colonoscopy is the best screening test for colon cancer. This can prevent
cancer by removing abnormal growths before they become cancer.
· Colon cancer is the 2nd leading cancer killer in the United States and
· If found right away, survival for colon cancer is 92%. If not, survival is 8%.
· Some risk factors for colon cancer include personal or family history of
colon or rectal cancers; inflammatory bowel disease such as ulcerative colitis
or Crohn’s disease.
· There will be an estimated 780 new cases of colon cancer in 2012 in the
state of Utah*.
· If everyone 50 or over had regular screening tests, at least 60% of deaths
from colon cancer could be prevented.
*American Cancer Society, Facts and Figures 2012
Utah Cancer Control Program:
For information call 1.800.717.1811
or visit http://health.utah.gov/ucan/