Three-time Oscar winner Mery Streep is fronting a new PSA on colorectal cancer screening - teaming up with Katie Couric’s cancer-research foundation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to encourage people to get tested now.
"For me, screening was simple and quick," she says in the video. "It was no big deal, except for the huge sense of relief you feel afterwards.
"I made my husband get screened, I made my brothers get screened...I made everyone I love get screened," she adds. "It's important to get the word out; people should know how easy it is to go through the procedure that can detect polyps and early cancer."
According to Cancer.org, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States; with 50,000 Americans estimated in 2013 to succumb to the disease.
“Time and again, we’ve seen that celebrities can bring much-needed attention to the need for colorectal cancer screening, as they have done so successfully with this campaign. ‘Icon’ is overused, but Meryl Streep truly is an American -- and worldwide -- icon. She is an ideal ambassador to convey that screening saves lives, and we are profoundly grateful for her support,” she said.
You can view Streep's PSA for the charity below.
The opinions expressed by MNN Bloggers and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not reflect the opinions of MNN.com. While we have reviewed their content to make sure it complies with our Terms and Conditions, MNN is not responsible for the accuracy of any of their information.