5 Excuses for Avoiding Colonoscopy Screenings Exposed by Community Health Center of Snohomish County in Recently Released Article

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Community Health Center of Snohomish County recently released a blog post emphasizing the importance of colorectal cancer screenings in an effort to increase awareness during the colorectal cancer awareness month of March.

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Colorectal cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer-related death in the United States.

“It’s March yet again, and it’s also colorectal cancer awareness month,” says Community Health Center of Snohomish County in their recently released article. “If you’re like most people across the United States, you’ll duck your head and do everything you can to avoid any reminder to get a colonoscopy.”

Getting a colonoscopy screening is nobody’s favorite thing, but Community Health Center of Snohomish County (CHC) emphasizes the fact that colorectal cancer isn’t uncommon, and is one of the leading causes of cancer-related death in the United States.

The article points out that many of these excuses are entirely unfounded. For example, in prior years, a colonoscopy was the primary procedure used by physicians to screen for colorectal cancer. Thanks to the development of more convenient tests, patients may opt for an FIT (fecal immunochemical test) instead.

In their article, CHC discusses and allays fears for the five most common excuses. First, the article points out that many people assume that if they have no family history of the disease that they’re in no danger. However, according to the article, “...of the 150,000 people in the United States that develop colorectal cancer, 85% of these individuals had no family history of the disease.”

The article also covers excuses such as lack of insurance coverage and the assumption that colorectal cancer is uncommon. According to CHC, most insurance plans cover preventive care like colonoscopies. Also, colorectal cancer is the third-leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States, making it very common indeed.

By the end of the article, it’s clear that there are no good excuses for avoid such an important procedure. The article concludes, saying, “This March, Community Health Center of Snohomish County is dedicated to helping individuals understand the potential risks they’re taking by ignoring their need for a colonoscopy screening.

For more information about scheduling a colonoscopy with CHC, visit their website: http://www.chcsno.org/

About Community Health Center of Snohomish County:
Community Health Center of Snohomish County (CHC) is a non-profit primary health care facility; providing medical, dental and pharmacy services to more than 37,000 Snohomish County residents. CHC operates out of five clinics in Arlington, Edmonds, Everett-North, Everett-South and Lynnwood. CHC opened its doors in 1983 to serve the uninsured and underserved populations in Snohomish County and they continue to do that today. CHC provides care to those who are uninsured and those on private, State or Federal health plans.

Community Health Center of Snohomish County
425.789.3720
8609 Evergreen Way
Everett, WA 98208

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