With the widespread use of colonoscopies, there is some good news about colon cancer that reinforces the importance of colonoscopy screenings.
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Colon cancer rates in the U.S. dropped by 30 percent over a decade (2000 to 2010), according to statistics just released in the Colorectal Cancer Statistics 2014.
During those same years, colonoscopy screenings almost tripled among adults ages 50 to 75. In 2000, only 19 percent of people recommended for colonoscopies went through screenings. By 2010, this number rose to 55 percent.
Experts say screening allows for early detection — fostering more successful treatments that save lives.
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