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, 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. 

Couric, who co-founded the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance after her husband Jay Monahan's death from the disease in 1998, thanked Streep for her generous participation in helping to raise awareness. 

“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. 

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Meryl Streep stars in new PSA for early cancer screening
Legendary actress joins forces with Katie Couric's cancer-research foundation to advocate early screening for colorectal cancer.