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Dozens turn out for a pop-up 5K run in Dallas for colon cancer awareness

According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), researchers from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center collected data from more than 393,000 people diagnosed with rectal or colon cancer between 1975 and 2010, who were a part of the National Cancer Institute's Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) registry. He'd like to raise awareness with women that colorectal cancer screenings are important, and should be done when recommended. The toll this disease takes on minorities is especially high, said Jonca Bull, M.D., director of FDA's Office of Minority Health. In its earliest stages, colorectal cancer produces no symptoms.

The colonoscopy detected Clark's cancer early enough that a surgeon was able to remove all of it.

Having regular colonoscopies starting at age 50 lets doctors find and remove cancerous polyps and even remove pre-cancerous growths before they become malignant.

When and how should I get screened?

"However we still don't screen everyone that comes of the appropriate age, 50, for colon cancer", said Chia. Discuss with your doctor the best strategy for you. Get tested today and prevent colon cancer before it starts. You will need to prepare for the test.

Fecal blood test (gFOBTor FIT test)-Using an at-home kit from your physician, you take a sample of your stool and return it to a lab, where it is checked for hidden blood, sometimes a sign of cancer.

Routine screening: once a year. If the test is positive, you will need a colonoscopy. The American Cancer Society issues these publications every 3 years. Colorectal refers to the colon and rectum, which together make up the large intestine. The colon will be gently and temporarily inflated with air through a thin tube tip placed in the rectum.

Colorectal cancer is the third most frequently diagnosed cancer in men and women.

African-Americans are also at greater risk of developing colorectal cancer at a younger age, and certain lifestyle factors can increase a person's risk of developing the disease. Currently, individuals have several options for testing based on their risks and preferences. If you have any of these problems, talk to your doctor about screenings.

Colorectal cancer is most common in middle-aged and older people, but new research shows a disturbing rise in cases among young adults.

Researchers study new ways to prevent, treat, and manage the disease. But what about for people 20 to 49 who don't need mandatory screenings? In addition, smoking and heavy use of alcohol have been identified as contributing factors in colorectal cancer occurrence. But you can reduce that risk.

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