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. 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.
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
6. Sedentary lifestyle
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.
 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: www.cdc.gov/cancer/screenforlife
 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.
 National Cancer Institute, website: www.cancer.gov/cancerinfo/pdq/treatment/colon/patient/
To learn more, visit www.ucan.cc/notscary