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A Colonoscopy Might Save Your Life

Colon cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death among American adults, even though there is a highly accurate test—a colonoscopy—that can treat as well as diagnose it.

If you are at low risk for colon cancer, you are advised to schedule your first colonoscopy at age 50. However, many

Cancer Screenings: Which Ones You Need and How Often You Need Them

Cancer remains the second most common cause of mortality in the U.S., accounting for nearly one in every four deaths. According to the American Cancer Society, in 2014, an estimated 1,665,540 new cancer cases will be diagnosed, and 585,720 cancer deaths will occur in the U.S.

You can lower your risks

Colonoscopy Questions You Need to Ask

Colorectal cancer is one of the most preventable and treatable cancers there is, thanks to modern screening tests that detect and remove polyps: small clusters of cells that can form on the lining of the colon. Older adults are at greater risk for polyps, and while most are benign, some

Aspirin Therapy is Not Without Risks

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has issued new guidelines for aspirin therapy, but also cautions Americans to carefully weigh the risks and benefits of taking the drug. The new guidelines (Annals of Internal Medicine, April 12) highlight aspirin’s protective effects against colon cancer, as well as heart attack

Consider All Your Options for Colorectal Cancer Screening

Colonoscopy has been a mainstay for detecting precancerous polyps and warding off colorectal cancer. Nevertheless, not everyone who is a candidate for screening can undergo colonoscopy, while others simply choose not to have it done for fear of potential complications from the exam or the bowel preparation it requires.
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