Experts say adults 50 and over should get a colonoscopy every ten years

 

 

(KYTX) - Millions of Americans could be putting themselves at risk for colon cancer.

Voa new government report shows people are not getting the recommended screenings that can catch those cancers earlier.
   
Guidelines recommend adults 50 and older get a colonoscopy every ten years. 

"We have excellent screening tests that actually if we find colorectal cancer early by screening for it, we can cure 90 percent of all colorectal cancers, so we are very concerned," says Dr. Marcus Plescia with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  

People with a family history of colon cancer or who have diseases such as ulcerative colitis or crohn's disease are at increased risk for colorectal cancer and should start screening before age 50.


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