The makers of Dulcolax® are a proud sponsor of the Colon Cancer Alliance
Our goals are simple. More screenings. More survivors.Colon cancer is the second leading cause of all cancer deaths. One in 19 people will develop colon cancer, but with early screenings it is highly preventable.
The makers of Dulcolax® are proud to partner with the Colon Cancer Alliance (CCA) to raise awareness about screenings that can help prevent colon cancer. The CCA is the leading national patient advocacy organization dedicated to increasing screening rates and survivorship.
Read more about the importance of a colonoscopy
Early detection is vital. The American Cancer Society recommends that in order to help prevent colorectal cancer, men and women over the age of 50 should receive a colonoscopy every 10 years. If you are 50 or older, or have a family history of polyps or colon cancer, talk to your doctor about getting screened.
When detected and treated early, colon cancer is 90% curable. A screening test, like a colonoscopy, could be a lifesaver. Here's how:
- Colon cancer usually starts from polyps in the colon or rectum. A polyp is a growth that shouldn't be there
- Some polyps can turn into cancer
- Screening tests, like colonoscopies, can find polyps, which can then be removed before they turn into cancer
- Screening tests can detect colon cancer in its early stages, when treatment is most effective
What to expect from a colonoscopy
Many people are apprehensive about getting a colonoscopy, as they do not know what to expect from this kind of test. Here is some general information regarding the procedure and what you could expect.
In advance of the test, you will be given instructions by your health professional outlining what you should and shouldn't do in preparation for the colonoscopy. Be sure to read and follow these instructions exactly, as it is important to have the colon thoroughly cleaned out.
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Every health professional has their own preferred method for cleaning out the colon. Often, a laxative liquid and/ or tablets designed to stimulate the bowel is given. Plan to stay home during the prep time as you will need to use the bathroom often. You can expect loose, frequent stools and diarrhea. For many patients, this is the most trying part of the procedure.
In addition, your doctor will put you on a restricted diet 1 to 2 days in advance of the test. During this period, you are typically limited to clear fluids (water, black tea or coffee, clear juices, clear broths). Popsicles or Jell-O are allowed but they cannot contain red or purple dyes. You may also be asked to stop taking certain medicines, like aspirin or iron supplements, 1 to 2 weeks in advance of the test. Please make sure you discuss all your medications with your health professional in order to best advise you.
On the day of the procedure, you will need to arrange for someone to drive you to and from the test. Typically an IV is given with a medication to make you relaxed and drowsy, and ensure you are as comfortable as possible during the procedure. An average colonoscopy takes about 30 to 45 minutes. The test could run longer depending upon what is found and done during the test.
You can expect to feel drowsy most of the day. Most people feel normal once the effects of the sedative wear off. Some people may have gas pains and cramping for a while after the test.
About the Colon Cancer Alliance (CCA)
The non-profit Colon Cancer Alliance is the nation's leading patient advocacy group dedicated to increasing screening rates and survivorship. Dulcolax® is proud to partner with the CCA to help hundreds of thousands of people each year. We know first-hand how devastating colon cancer can be. We also know that, if we work together, it doesn't have to be this way.
Run/Walk against Colon Cancer
Dulcolax® is proud to sponsor the Undy 5000, a series of family—friendly 5K "run in your undies" races presented by the Colon Cancer Alliance to help bring awareness to colon cancer.
The Undy 5000 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk is growing at an astonishing rate. More than 13,000 people participated in the 2013 Undy 5000 series, raising more than $1.9 million in 20 cities. Since the event's inception by the Colon Cancer Alliance (CCA) in 2008, the series has raised more than $6.2 million to support local colon cancer screening efforts as well as CCA's national prevention, research and patient support programs.
Dates for Dulcolax® sponsored Undy 5000 Races:
- St Louis, MO
- Denver, CO
- Jersey Shore, NJ
- Nashville, TN
- Philadelphia, PA
- Atlanta, GA
- Phoenix, AZ