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Senior Watch: Colorectal Cancer 

Sandeep Singh, MD Eastern Maine Medical Center is in to talk about Colorectal Cancer Issues.

Colorectal Cancer is the third leading cause of U.S. cancer deaths in both men and women, and it’s the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in the U.S.

This type of cancer can be prevented nine out of 10 times through early detection with proper screening.

Screenings helps prevent colorectal cancer by finding precancerous polyps, so they can be removed before they turn into cancer.

Colonoscopy is the only screening method that allows for detection and removal of polyps.

Only 50 percent of people who should be getting colonscopies are doing so.

Beginning at age 50, both men and women are at average risk of developing colorectal cancer, and should be having screenings.

The procedure should be repeated every 10 years.

The risk of developing this cancer in creases with advancing age.

Men and women should begin screening earlier or more often if they have any of these factors:

A family history of colorectal cancer or polyps
Family history of hereditary colorectal cancer syndromes
Personal history of colorectal cancer
Personal history of chronic inflammatory bowel dissease.

Source: American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy