Speaker Kit PowerPoint - Colon Cancer Alliance

Presentation Overview
I. What is colon cancer?
II. Reduce your risk
III. How to find a screening facility
IV. Patient resources
V. Get involved
What is
Colon Cancer?
The Facts
• 2nd leading cancer killer in the U.S.
– Every 9.3 minutes, a person in the U.S.
dies of colon cancer
• Survival depends on early detection
– 90% five-year survival rate in early
detected cases
What is Colon Cancer?
Cancer that occurs in
the colon or rectum. It
is also called colorectal
What is Colon Cancer?
Colon cancer comes from polyps.
One in every three adults has polyps.
How Can I Reduce
My Risk For
Colon Cancer?
How Can I Reduce My Risk?
• Know your risk
• Maintain a healthy weight throughout life
• Be physically active
• Eat a healthy diet
• Limit consumption of alcoholic beverages
• Do not use tobacco products
How Can I Reduce My Risk?
Groups at an increased risk:
– Those age 50 and older
– Individuals with a personal or family history of
colon cancer, non-cancerous colon polyps, or
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
– Alaska Natives, Native Americans, AfricanAmericans, Hispanics and Jews of Eastern
European decent
How Can I Reduce My Risk?
The best way to reduce your risk
is by getting screened.
Colon Cancer
Screening Options
There are many screening options. You
should talk to your doctor about finding
the screening test that is right for you.
Screening Options
• Common Screening Options:
– Colonoscopy
– Virtual colonoscopy (computerized
tomographic colonography or CTC)
– Sigmoidoscopy
– Fecal occult blood test (FOBT)
– Fecal immunochemical test (FIT)
To learn more about screening options and tests, visit www.ccalliance.org.
Screening Options
A colonoscopy is the most
effective screening method.
It can reduce the average
person's risk of dying from
colon cancer by 90%.
Screening Options
• Just over half of U.S. adults aged 50+
have had a colonoscopy or
• Why aren’t people getting screened?
• Good news – screening rates are on
the rise!
How can I find a
screening facility?
Screening Facilities
• Get a referral from your doctor
• Visit the CCA’s Screening Resource
page at www.ccalliance.org to find a
surgeon or screening facility near you
Where can I find
resources or support
if I have colon
Resources and Support
The Colon Cancer Alliance (CCA) is a
community that provides hope and
support to colon cancer patients and
their families while saving lives through
screening, access, awareness, advocacy
and research.
Patient Support Services
– Toll-Free Helpline: (877) 422-2030
– Buddy Program
– www.MyCCASupport.com
– Local Chapters
– Clinical Trials Matching Service
– National Conference
– Conversations about Colorectal Cancer Webinars
How Can I Join the
Fight Against Colon
Get Involved
• Become a CCA Voices Volunteer
• Join the Buddy Program
• Participate in an Undy 5000 5K Walk/Run
• Make a donation or hold a fundraiser
• Talk about colon cancer with family and friends
• “Like” the CCA on Facebook or follow on Twitter
Get Involved
• March is National Colorectal Cancer
Awareness Month
• Raising awareness about colon cancer
• Increasing screening rates
• Celebrating survivors and honoring those
we’ve lost
Get Involved
National Dress in Blue Day
• Kicks off March every year
• Brings nationwide attention
to colon cancer and
celebrates the courage
of those affected by this
• www.dressinblueday.com
Learn More
To learn more or to find out how you can get
involved in the fight against colon cancer,

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