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Colon cancer screening saves lives

Approximately 150,000 new cases of colorectal cancer are diagnosed every year in the United States, and nearly 50,000 people die from the disease. It has been estimated that increased awareness and screening would save at least 30,000 lives each year. Colorectal cancer is highly preventable and can be detected by testing even before there are symptoms. The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy encourages everyone over 45 or under 45 with a family history or other risk factors to be screened for colorectal cancer.

Six things that could save your life (or the life of someone you love)

Colon Cancer affects both men and women. It is not just a “man’s disease.”

The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy says that women should be aware of the symptoms and the importance of screening. If you notice any unusual changes in your digestion or have been experiencing chronic abdominal pain, contact a doctor immediately as it could save lives!

Both men and women over 45 should get checked for colon cancer even if they are not experiencing symptoms.

All men and women over 45 should be screened for colorectal cancer, even if they are experiencing no problems or symptoms.

A colonoscopy screening does not require an overnight stay at the hospital.

The procedure for a colonoscopy is usually done on an outpatient basis, and it only takes about 45 minutes long. A mild sedative will be given before the test, ensuring that you are relaxed enough to go through with this without any complications or issues during surgery; afterward, they insert flexible slender tubes inside our rectums so doctors can see what’s wrong up there!

In the United States, colorectal cancer is responsible for 3rd place among all types of cancers, and death rates have been steadily declining since 1990.

The dark reality of the medical world is that after lung cancer, colorectal ( colon ) cancers rank as one of America’s leading causes of death. Annually 150 thousand new cases are diagnosed, and 50,000 people die each year from this disease which has been estimated to have decreased by 30%.

There are many different ways to screen for colon cancer, including digital rectal exams and flexible sigmoidoscopy.

If you have any suspicion that your colorectal cancer might be present, talk to a healthcare professional about which test is best for screening. Men and women over 45 should have an annual occult blood test on a spontaneously passed stool (at a minimum), flexible sigmoidoscopy every five years, or complete colonoscopies within ten.

Colon cancer is the most common preventable form of cancer.

Colonoscopy is the most effective way to prevent colorectal cancer. It can detect polyps, which are small growths on your colon’s lining that may lead back into precancerous stages if left untreated or removed by surgery like snare polypectomy techniques do wonders at reducing the risk for this dangerous disease.

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