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Wear blue for colon cancer

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Staffers at Phoebe Putney were dressed in blue Friday to raise awareness about colon cancer. It's the third deadliest form of cancer.

Gastroenterologists say it's important that everyone over the age of 50 get a colonoscopy, and if you have a family history you should have one even sooner. Polyps can be usually be removed before they become cancerous.

"Most of the colon cancers start in small growths called polyps. When they're small polyps that may be pre cancerous and it takes a few years before the polyp develops into cancer so really we have an opportunity to screen patients to find if they have small polyps and remove them," said Gastroenterologist Dr. Gandhi Y'Chili.

Doctors say there are a higher number of colon cancer cases in South Georgia because of dietary habits and poverty.

 

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