18 Holes of Colorectal Cancer Trivia
1. One in ___ Americans will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer in their lifetime.
Answer: B. 24
2. Screening for colorectal cancer is recommended to begin at age ___.
A. When I have symptoms
B. Age 30
C. Age 45
D. Age 50
Answer: C. Age 45
The American Cancer Society lowered their screening guidelines to 45 in 2018. The USPSTF looks to be doing the same in 2021. Insurance sometimes takes time to catch up, so be sure to check with your insurance if you are under 50.
3. Who gets colorectal cancer?
C. Men and Women
Answer: C. Men and Women
Colorectal cancer affects men and women equally.
4. Colorectal cancer is the 2nd deadliest cancer. Only _____ cancer is deadlier for men and women combined.
Answer: C. Lung
5. TRUE OR FALSE - Colorectal cancer can be prevented.
Colorectal Cancer can be prevented by removing polyps through colonoscopy screening.
6. TRUE OR FALSE - There is only one colon cancer screening test.
There are several screening options, including options that can be done at home. Talk to your doctor about the one right for you.
7. Which is NOT a colorectal cancer screening option?
B. FIT and FOTB stool test
Answer: D. Endoscopy
There are many options for colorectal cancer screening, including inexpensive options that can be done in the privacy of your home. Talk to your doctor about the best test for you.
8. In mid-March through June 2020 how many Americans missed their colonoscopy because of COVID-19 and resulting lockdowns?
C. 1.2 million
D. 1.7 million
Answer: D. 1.7 million
These missed colonoscopies could result in a missed or delayed diagnosis for over 18,800 Americans, and may be the cause of upwards of 4,500 unnecessary deaths in the next 10 years.
9. TRUE OR FALSE - Medicare and most insurance plans cover colorectal cancer screening.
10. TRUE OR FALSE - If you don’t have symptoms, you don’t have colorectal cancer.
Colorectal cancer doesn’t always cause symptoms, especially early. But screening can find polyps and colorectal cancer even before symptoms appear.
11. Which of these are symptoms of colorectal cancer?
A. Blood in your stool.
B. Stomach pain, aches, or cramps.
C. Unexplained weight loss.
D. All of these.
E. None of these.
Answer: D. All of these.
Colorectal cancer symptoms can also mirror many other GI issues. If symptoms persist, it’s important to get them evaluated by a doctor.
12. Which is NOT a symptom of colorectal cancer?
A. Diarrhea or constipation
B. Blood in your stool
D. Rectal Bleeding
Answer: C. Vomiting
14. TRUE OR FALSE - Only older adults (50+) need to worry about colorectal cancer
Colorectal cancer is on the rise in young adults. All people no matter their age should be aware of the signs and symptoms and talk to their doctor about what screening test is best for them based on risk factors and family history.
16. What foods may increase risk for colorectal cancer?
A. Fresh fruits
C. Red and processed meats
Answer: C. Red and processed meats
17. TRUE OR FALSE - Alcohol use, inactivity, and smoking can increase your risk of colorectal cancer.
18. What are risk factors for developing colon cancer?
A. Age and lifestyle
C. Inflammatory bowel disease
D. All of these
E. None of these
ANSWER: D. All of these
There are things you can do to lower your risk for colorectal cancer, including earlier screening if you have family history or other genetic indicators.
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