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National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month 2019 (Part 3)

By Peter Hofland, Ph.D and Sonia Portillo, B.Sc

In the third and final part of a 3-part series about colorectal cancer, developed in collaboration with the online journal OncoZine at www.oncozine.com, Peter Hofland, PhD. talks with Paul J. Berggreen, MD and Daniel M. Jondle, MD, both from Arizona Digestive Health, in Phoenix, Arizona, and Sukhdeep S Padda, MD from Arizona Gastrointestinal Associates and Arrowhead Gastroenterology Associates, in Glendale, Arizona.Colorectal Cancer is also the second leading cause of death from cancers that affect both men and women. According to the American Cancer Society, the overall lifetime risk of developing colorectal cancer is: about 1 in 22 for men and 1 in 24 for women. But in many cases the disease is preventable. And Prevention starts with awareness and accurate knowledgeThis Month is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.Doctors recommend screening for healthy people with no signs or symptoms in order to look for early evidence of Colorectal Cancer, which is also known as colon cancer.Finding colorectal cancer at its earliest stage makes it easier to treat. Overall, screening has been shown to reduce the risk of dying of colorectal; cancer.People with an average risk of colorectal cancer should consider screening beginning at age 50.But if you have an increased risk, such as a family history of colorectal cancer, you should consider screening sooner.In this episode listen to the experts when they discuss the ‘Gold Standard’ in screening for Colorectal Cancer as well as alternatives, share information about the latest treatment options and talk about the importance of clinical trials.

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