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Colon Cancer

Colorectal screening can save lives

Source: Parkland Hospital, Dallas whatdoctorsknow.com Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of death of the cancers that strike both men and women, but only 40 percent of the U.S. population is screened for the disease, even though early detection has proven to be an effective life-saver. The American Cancer Society estimates that about 93,000 new cases of colon cancer and an estimated 40,000 new cases of rectal cancer will be diagnosed in 2015. Average risk patients should be screened for CRC beginning at age 50. Fecal Immunohistochemistry Test (FIT), a test to check for blood in the stool, and colonoscopy, a flexible scope to look inside the colon, are some the recommended...