American Cancer Society Emphasizes Importance of Colon Cancer Screenings

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American Cancer Society Emphasizes Importance of Colon Cancer Screenings

According to the American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org), colon cancer can be prevented. If you are 45 or older, it’s time to talk with your health care provider about getting screened for colorectal cancer. The American Cancer Society released the following statement to educate the public:

“Many people with colon cancer or polyps don’t have symptoms, and the risk of getting colon cancer goes up with age. That’s why men and women need to get screened for colon cancer starting at age 45, even if they feel healthy. If you have a family history of the disease or have certain other risk factors, you should talk with your provider about beginning screening at a younger age. Screening can help find and prevent colon cancer. In fact, if your doctor sees polyps that look like they can turn into cancer, they will remove them. When you have polyps like these removed, you may be preventing cancer! Preventing colorectal cancer, or finding it early when it might be easier to treat, doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. Simple, affordable, take-home tests are available.”

The American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org) is on a mission to free the world from cancer. They provide free lodging near treatment, a 24/7/365 live helpline, free rides to treatment, and advocacy groups to create awareness. Call (402) 423-4893 for more information.

 

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