UCAN: Getting a Colonoscopy

Dr. Joseph Eyring, a prominent colorectal surgeon, talks about what you need to know as an employee and employer to make a difference in your life and the lives of those you love.

UCAN’s New Workplace Campaign—There are Scarier Things Than a Colonscopy

◄ UCAN recently launched a workplace campaign based on the premise that there are scarier things in life than getting a colonoscopy. The campaign is running now until the end of May.

◄ Workplaces and employers across the state are encouraged to visit ColonoscopiesAreNotScary.com for additional information on how their company can be part of the campaign.

◄UCAN will provide businesses with bathroom stall posters, palm cards with information about colon cancer and colonoscopies).

◄ Employees who visit the website and pledge to get a colonoscopy will be entered in a weekly drawing, as well as a grand prize drawing—a stay at The Canyons Resort.

◄ Companies who have already jumped on board include Molina Healthcare, Salt Lake Bees and Staker Parson Companies.

About Colorectal Cancer [1]:

1. Colorectal cancer is the #2 cancer killer in the United States and in Utah

2. At least 50%-60% of colorectal cancer deaths could be prevented if all men and women aged 50 years or older were screened routinely.[2]

3. At least 75% of colorectal cancers occur in those with no family or personal history of the disease.

Risk Factors 2:

1. Aged 50 or older

2. Family or personal history of colon or rectal cancers

3. Personal history of inflammatory bowel disease

4. Diet

5. Smoking

6. Sedentary lifestyle

Symptoms [3]:

1. Colorectal cancer does not usually show symptoms until late in the disease.

2. Once colon cancer shows symptoms the chance for cure is significantly reduced.

3. Symptoms can include:

• Blood in or on your stool (bowel movement).

• Pain, aches, or cramps in your stomach that happen a lot and you don’t know why.

• A change in bowel habits, such as having stools that are narrower than usual.

• Losing weight and you don’t know why.

Screening Options 2:

1) Colonoscopy—Most effective and preferred, every 10 years when the last test was normal.

2) Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) annually

3) Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, every 5 years alone or in combination with FOBT

4) Barium Enema, every 5 years when the last test was normal.

[1] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: www.cdc.gov/cancer/screenforlife

[1] Selby JV, Friedman GD, Quesenberry CP Jr., Weiss NS. A case control study of screening sigmoidoscopy and mortality from colorectal cancer. New England Journal of Medicine 1992;326:653-657.

[1] National Cancer Institute, website: www.cancer.gov/cancerinfo/pdq/treatment/colon/patient/

To learn more, visit www.ucan.cc/notscary

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