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Colon screenings are saving lives

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – More older Americans are getting the colon screenings they need which could save their lives.  Nearly two out of three adults over the age of 50 have been tested for colon cancer.

That's up from just 50% back in 2002.  Colon cancer is the second leading cancer killer.

The screening saves lives, because polyps can be removed before they turn into cancer.  Dr. Ira Knepp said, "It lends itself to screening and being able to do something with the findings and then, consequently savings, real savings to Americans, not only in life span, but also in real doctors."

When caught early, patients have a better chance of surviving Colon cancer, which kills 55,000 people in the U-S each year.

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