Adults Above 50 Should Get Regular Colorectal Screenings

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Colorectal cancer is a preventable disease, but more than 148,800 cases will be diagnosed in 2008 and an estimated 49,960 people will die from the disease, according to the Prevent Cancer Foundation.

Colorectal cancer is cancer of the colon or rectum and it is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths of men and women in the United States. More than 90% of colorectal cancer cases occur in adults age 50 and older, but regular screening of all men and women aged 50 and older would prevent about 60% of deaths from colon cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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