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Importance of Colorectal Screenings

Blog Post created by go365admin on Sep 9, 2015

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.  Did you know that colorectal cancer is the third most common type of non-skin cancer in both men and women?  If you’re between 50 and 75 years of age, you are at risk and should be getting screened regularly—early detection can save your life. Plus, you’ll earn 500 Vitality Bucks, just for getting screened. Here is what you need to know:

Why are colorectal screenings important?
Colorectal cancer typically develops from abnormal growths (polyps) in the colon or rectum. Even without symptoms, regularly scheduled screenings can detect abnormalities before they become cancerous. Colorectal cancer is more treatable if it’s found before it has a chance to spread.

Who should get them?
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends colorectal cancer screening for men and women aged 50–75. Consider getting checked out sooner if any of the following applies to you:

  • You or a close relative have a history with colorectal polyps or colorectal cancer.
  • You have inflammatory bowel disease.
  • You have any genetic syndromes that are known to lead to colorectal cancer.

Who is at risk of developing colorectal cancer?
The exact causes of colorectal cancer have not been determined; however, it is known that the following factors can play a part:

  • Age: Colorectal cancer can happen at any age, but most cases are in men and women over age 50.
  • Polyps:
  • Personal history: Colorectal cancer survivors are at risk as well as women with a history of cancer.
  • Nutrition: There is evidenceHummus and Veggie Pita Sandwich
  • National Cancer Institute, regular exercise may help fight against colorectal cancer, and those who are less active may be putting themselves at risk.  Exercise regularly with a fitness device, and you’ll earn Vitality Bucks for meeting your daily fitness minimum.  Plus, set a goal to get more active with HumanaVitality, and you can earn Vitality Bucks for completing it.
  • Smoking: Smokers should add this to one of many reasons to quit– long-term cigarette smoking can increase your risk of colorectal cancer.  If you’re a smoker, set a HumanaVitality goal today to quit smoking and enroll in a health coaching program for extra help.

 

Sources:

http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/colorectal/basic_info/screening/

http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/content/@epidemiologysurveilance/documents/document/acspc-029771.pdf

www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/detection/colorectal-screening

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/colon-cancer/in-depth/colon-cancer-screening/art-20046825

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This information is available for free in other languages. Please call Customer Care at the number on the back of your Humana member ID card.

 

Esta información está disponible gratuitamente en otros idiomas. Comuníquese con el Departamento de Atención al Cliente llamando al número en el dorso de su tarjeta de identificación de afiliado de Humana.

If you are medically unable to perform these tasks, you can call customer care and we will work with you to find another way to earn Vitality Bucks. Please call the member service number on the back of your Humana member ID card.

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