When Colorado member Don Herman turned 50, he got an unusual birthday present that Kaiser Permanente sends to many members. “It was a stool test to screen for colorectal cancer,” he says.
He had no symptoms, but Herman took the stool test at home and sent it to the lab. About 10 days later, he received a call from Kaiser Permanente asking him to come in for more tests.
Herman soon learned he had colon cancer. He underwent treatment and surgery at Kaiser Permanente and is now cancer-free.
“If I hadn’t gotten that test in the mail,” he says, “I don’t know if I’d be here today.”
“Mr. Herman’s story is a common one,” says his physician, John Riopelle, DO. “Colorectal cancer may not cause symptoms until after it has begun to spread. When we find colon cancer early with screening tests, we can treat it more easily.”
Colon cancer screening is recommended for everyone 50 and older who has a normal risk for colon cancer. People with a higher risk, such as African-Americans and people with a family history of colon cancer, may need to be screened sooner. Talk to your doctor about when you should be tested.
Here are 5 things you can do to help prevent colon and other types of cancer:
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