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EARLY COLON CANCER SCREENING ADVISED FOR SOME

FRIDAY, March 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- From age 50 on, most people are advised to get a colonoscopy[1] every 10 years to screen for colon cancer[2]. But others may need to start screening earlier due to certain risk factors, an expert says.

People most at risk for colon cancer are those with a first-degree relative (parent, sibling or child) who has had the disease.

Someone with more than one family member who has had colon cancer is three to 12 times more likely to develop the disease than the average person, said Dr. Walter Koltun. He is chief of colon and rectal surgery at Penn State Health Medical Center.

Also at increased risk for colon cancer[3]: those with a family history of gynecological cancers[4], such as breast, ovarian or endometrial cancer[5]; men who've had

News source: MedicineNet

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