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6 Things to Know About Colon Cancer

US News & World Report - Health Logo By David Oliver of US News & World Report - Health | Slide 1 of 7: A colonoscopy isn’t exactly a pleasurable experience for patients, given that it typically involves drinking a diarrhea-inducing solution to clean out your bowel beforehand. But considering that colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the U.S., the procedure could be worth the trouble.The Prevent Cancer Foundation helped work to make the annual National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month – beginning today, March 1 – an official designation in November 1999.Click through the slides to learn about the disease – from risk factors to screening protocols and more.

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A colonoscopy isn’t exactly a pleasurable experience for patients, given that it typically involves drinking a diarrhea-inducing solution to clean out your bowel beforehand. But considering that colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the U.S., the procedure could be worth the trouble.

The Prevent Cancer Foundation helped work to make the annual National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month – beginning today, March 1 – an official designation in November 1999.

Click through the slides to learn about the disease – from risk factors to screening protocols and more.
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