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Minnesota Cancer Screening Record - Good, but Needs Improvement

March 12, 2007

March is "Colon Cancer Awareness Month," and health experts say, while Minnesotans rank high nationally in screening for the disease, we could do better. Matt Flory is with the state American Cancer Society.

"Two in three Minnesotans over 50 are getting screened for this disease. Unfortunately, that means that one in three still are not."

He says, while that's better than the national rate, it isn't good enough because, when detected early, there's a 90 percent survival rate. But now, only half are caught in time. It's estimated that more than 2,600 Minnesotans will be diagnosed with the disease this year, and over 800 will die from it.

"This month is about getting the message out into the community about the importance for men and women over 50 to get screened for colon cancer. But, more importantly, it's also about addressing any myths and misperceptions that people may have. Myths include: "It's just a man's disease," "It can't be prevented," and "African-Americans aren't at risk." Flory says colon cancer deaths could be cut in half with early-detection screening, which he calls as important as the Pap test and mammogram".

"Physical activity and nutrition are very important. It's also important, with colon cancer, to know your family history, so you can share that information with your doctor. But the third, and most important factor, really is screening. And, these are things that can help a doctor advise you which test is best for you."

He says colon cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in Minnesota, even though it can be prevented.
Estimates are this year more than 110,000 Americans will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer and more than 52,000 will die from it.

Jim Wishner/Eric Mack, Public News Service - MN