The American Cancer Society is encouraging everyone to make a point to learn their family history of colon cancer, and reminding men and women 50 and older to get tested for the disease even if they have no family history. The Society is making it easier than ever to learn about your family history of colon cancer with the Family PLZ! campaign.
The Family PLZ! campaign, developed by the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable for which the Society is a founding member, provides tools to help you search and share your family history of colorectal cancer with your doctor and loved ones. The campaign encourages younger generations to participate in the discussions. Visit www.familyplz.org for more information.
The American Cancer Society recommends that adults maintain a healthy weight by being physically active and eating a well-balanced diet. Limiting the amount of alcohol and limiting intake of processed and red meats are also steps you can take every day to reduce your risk of this disease.
The society also recommends tests that primarily detect cancer such as an annual guaiac-based fecal occult blood test with high test sensitivity for cancer, or annual fecal immunochemical test with high test sensitivity for cancer, or the Stool DNA test .