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Keep Your Colon Cancer Free

Endoscopy image of colon
adenoca in sigmoid colon

Colorectal cancer (commonly referred to as “colon cancer”) may be the third most common cancer, but it’s also one of only two cancers that can be prevented if caught early.

The American Cancer Society (ACS) reported that 146,970 of colorectal cancers were expected to occur in the year 2009. In an attempt to create a world with less cancer, the ACS suggests going for regular colorectal cancer tests. They recommend tests that detect adenomatous polyps and cancers every five years as well as annual cancer detection tests.

Tests that detect adenomatous polyps and cancer include flexible sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy, double contrasts barium enema or CT colonography. Annual detection tests include guaiac-based fecal occult blood tests (gFOBT), fecal immunochemical tests (FIT) or stool DNA (sDNA) tests.

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