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What is colon cancer?

Colon cancer is a malignant growth on the inner wall of the colon or rectum. It begins years earlier as a small non cancerous growth called a polyp. Nobody knows why polyps grow, or why some get them and others don’t. Some polyps grow until they develop into cancer. This malignant transformation typically takes more than ten years.

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Who is at risk?

You are. We are. Factors like family history may increase risk, but 75% of cases have no unusual risk factors. About 1 in 20 Americans will eventually develop colon cancer. Imagine going to a football game and seeing 85,000 cheering fans: 4,200 will ultimately develop colon cancer. It’s that common. And men and women are equally affected, usually after age 50. Risk increases with age.

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Can colon cancer be avoided?

Almost all colon cancers can be prevented by finding and removing polyps before they become cancerous. Most polyps can be painlessly removed during a simple 30 minute outpatient procedure called a colonoscopy.

Just get the test.

Colon cancer is the most  preventable common form of cancer. Yet only one third of at-risk adults are being screened. You can dramatically reduce your risk by having regular examinations before symptoms develop.

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Risk Factors For Colon Cancer

Know the risk factors in developing colon cancer.

They include: