Colon Cancer Rates – North Jersey and National
If you want to protect you and your family from colon cancer, educating yourself on the disease is a crucial first step. Here are some local and general facts you need to know:
- New Jersey is among the wealthiest and most educated in the country; however, it ranks 34th among the 50 states when it comes to colon cancer screening rate. That’s the lowest number of all the Northeastern states.
- A third of New Jersey residents have not been screened for colon cancer.
- Women and men over the age of 50 should be screened. African Americans are recommended for testing at 45, while those with a history of polyps and cancer should get tested at an earlier age.
- A colonoscopy is the most thorough method for testing for colon cancer.
- Removing polyps during a colonoscopy can reduce the risk of death from colon cancer by HALF.
- According to the Healthcare Bluebook, a colonoscopy screening and a colonoscopy without a biopsy costs around $1,900. With a biopsy, that number is around $2,200.
- New Jersey received an A rating from the National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance for its legislative efforts to make sure insurance providers cover preventive colorectal cancer screenings for all policy holders.
- Under the Affordable Care Act, 985,987 New Jersey residents with Medicare received free preventive services such as a colonoscopy in 2011, according to the American Cancer Society.
- As a whole, the country has lowered the occurrence and death of colon cancer over the past decade, thanks to more people being screened at the correct age.
- Colon cancer is 90 percent preventable when it is caught early, so be sure to know your risk factors and get screened!