Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer-related death. But it doesn't have to be. If caught early, it is among the most curable cancers.
You see, colorectal cancer is unique because it usually starts from polyps in the colon or rectum. These polyps can turn into cancer over time. Screening tests can find polyps that can be removed before they turn into cancer. Screening tests can also find colorectal cancer early, when the chance for being cured is good.
What's more, it provides peace of mind and life-saving information — it can even give you a reason to smile.
So if you're over 50, or have any ongoing bowel issues or a family member who has had colorectal cancer, schedule a screening with your doctor now. Don't wait for symptoms to occur. Your doctor will tell you whether a simple at-home test or colonoscopy is appropriate. And financial help may be available.
Colorectal Cancer Capacity study completed by SDSU - The purpose of the study was to evaluate the state of South Dakota’s current CRC screening practices and capacity indicators. Read the Executive Summary and Full Report here.
The Get Screened SD Colorectal Cancer Screening is reflected in the Office of Health Promotion 2020 Strategic Map - the vision is that all South Dakotans will enjoy healthy lives free from the devastation of chronic diseases.