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Colon Cancer Awareness 2015

Colon Cancer Awareness 2015

Since March is colon cancer awareness month, I wanted to take the opportunity to further promote awareness of this treatable and preventable cancer in Plano TX.  According to the Colon Cancer Alliance, colon cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death in men and women combined in the U.S.  More than 50,000 Americans die from colon cancer each year.

Why get screened for Colon Cancer in Plano TX?

Over the past 20 years the incidence of colon cancer has been declining due to increased awareness and increased screening.  This cancer can be effectively treated if detected early and can even be prevented if precancerous polyps are removed before developing into cancers.  The key to beating colon cancer is to get screened at the recommended age.  The American College of Gastroenterology recommends getting screened at age 50 and re-screened every 10 years unless your doctor recommends otherwise (presence of polyps, family history of colon cancer, etc).  While there are different tests to detect polyps, colonoscopy is the gold standard due to its ability to view the entire colon and both detect and remove polyps during the same procedure.  For more detailed information on colonoscopy and the recommended screening guidelines, I encourage you to visit the colonoscopy page on my website.

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