It was twenty years ago that America began its uncomfortable and awkward relationship with Colon and Colorectal Cancer awareness. It wasn’t that this cancer was new, far from it, but when Katie Couric’s husband Jay Monahan passed away unexpectedly from an aggressive colon cancer, people took notice. Katie used the power of her celebrity, as Anchor and Host of the popular morning show ‘Today’, to launch a campaign for eliminating the stigma with screenings to save lives. Thanks to Katie and her willingness to start the discussions surrounding a cancer most people immediately blush over, countless people donned the hospital johnny to get properly screened.
So where are we at now with conquering this most cringe worthy cancer? We’re making progress! It is true that while over 50,000 American women and men will die from Colorectal cancer in 2018, with early detection the average 5-year survival rate jumps to over 80%.
This past week the American Cancer Society (ACS) released the updated recommendations for screenings to begin. the ACS recommends colon cancer screening every five years for those of average risk beginning at age 45. This differs from recommendations made by the U.S. Preventative Task Force (USPTF), released in 2016, which state that those with average risk should begin screening at age 50. (People with a family history of colorectal cancer are already advised to start screening before age 50.) UCSF Radiology recommends virtual colonoscopy for those who qualify or prefer it.
Screening can detect early cancers when the diseases are potentially more treatable and curable. The incidence of colorectal cancer is declining in those age 50 and over, due to better screening rates. However, an increase in diagnosis has been reported in those under age 50, especially in the African-American population.
At GetJanes we want you to be at your healthy and vibrant best. If you’re over 45, or have a family history of colorectal cancers, be sure to speak with your physician to see if its time for you to get screened. If it is, why not bring along your own GetJanes? Our commitment to comfort and dignity can help ease even the most uncomfortable of care criterions. We offer our classic robe now in Plus-size, Maternity, and our Men’s line ‘Jacks’. For a limited time, receive 15% off your Plus-Size purchase by using coupon code PLUS15 when you place your order!
Please take care of yourselves and each other.