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Former Rockette Jennifer Jones followed health guidelines and got a colonoscopy at age 50. Then she learned she had Stage III colon cancer.
Doctors discovered a polyp that had to be removed and tested for cancer.
Failure to catch cancer early means many younger patients are diagnosed with advanced disease.
Screening rates for breast, cervical, colorectal and prostate cancer are still below public health targets.
Many experts believe that because they can detect colon cancer, the benefit of colonoscopies outweighs the risk of infection.
Updated guidelines address rising risk among younger adults.
March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
Longtime colorectal cancer awareness advocate Katie Couric took the late-night host for his first colonoscopy
Kevin Jonas Sr., who battled colon cancer, worries that his four sons could be diagnosed with the disease.
Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States.
Insurance coverage of colonoscopies to screen for colorectal cancer hinges on the difference between “preventive” and “surveillance” tests.
Researchers report that screenings for colorectal cancer should begin five years earlier than recommended.
Protein biomarkers reveal more precancerous growths and colorectal cancer.
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