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Colorectal Cancer Screening: A Lifesaver

Februrary 1, 20139 min
Colorectal cancer screening saves lives. If everyone age 50 years old or older were screened regularly, as many as 60 percent of deaths from this cancer could be avoided.Colorectal cancer screening saves lives. If everyone age 50 years old or older were screened regularly, as many as 60 percent of deaths from this cancer could be avoided. According to Dr. Nagle, colorectal cancer is the only cancer that we can currently prevent by performing a test. When patients get screened for breast cancer, for prostate cancer, we're looking for the cancer that's already occurred. With colonoscopy, a screening for colorectal cancer, we're looking for the polyp that is the precursor lesion before the cancer. And by removing it, we can prevent cancer.

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