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March 14, 2006

Albany-- More than 106,000 Americans will be diagnosed with colon cancer this year. Early detection is the key to recovery.

March is National Colon Cancer Awareness Month. It's the third most common form of cancer in men and women in their 40's and 50's but polyps can form in someone as young as 25 if there's a family history.

There aren't many symptoms so you need to get screened and watch your diet.

"Fruits and vegetables are actually the most important thing to be looked at in terms of preventing. The high fiber diet is another part of the food intake that's important," says oncologist Dr. Chirag Jani.

Colon cancer deaths are decreasing largely because of better screenings and treatments.   Phoebe oncologists also say they're constantly doing research to come up with newer treatments for cancer.

Next month, two cancer experts from Florida will speak at an education forum.  They'll tackle sarcoma issues.

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