“Cancer is the leading cause of death in Thurston County. Have you been screened?”
“According to the 2017 Thurston County death certificates, cancer is the leading cause of death in Thurston County.
“Part of treating any disease is determining whether someone has the disease. In general, the earlier a disease is discovered, the easier and more effective the treatment. This is where something called “screening” comes in.”
“In fact, according to the Guide to Community Preventative Services, early detection can save lives, and also may make a big difference in a person’s long-term health and recovery.
“Nonetheless, 15 percent to 40 percent of those who are eligible for breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screenings are not up to date with their screenings. About half of all colorectal and cervical cancers, and a third of breast cancers, aren’t diagnosed until a late stage, when they are more difficult to treat,” by Dr. Rachel Wood, Thurston County’s Health Officer, in The Olympian.