According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “of the cancers affecting both men and women, colorectal cancer (cancers of the colon and rectum) is the second leading cancer killer in the United States.” Colorectal cancer almost always develops from precancerous polyps in the colon or rectum. There are different screening tests that can find precancerous polyps BEFORE they turn into cancer, or find cancer early when it is most easily treated. Some of these tests can even be done right at home and mailed in.
Still, not enough Utahns are getting screened. In 2016, Utah’s colorectal screening rates were just over 72%. Since her father’s death from colon cancer, Karen Miller Coleman, daughter of KUTV’s very own Doug Miller, has been dedicated to increasing screening rates throughout Utah.
March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, so Karen is here at KUTV to talk a little about finding precancerous polyps during her own colorectal screening and what that has meant for her life.