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30 Ways To Cancer-Proof Your Life

Prevention Logo By Denise Foley of Prevention | Slide 3 of 30: Though colonoscopies are about as popular as root canals, if you're 50 or older, get one. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Don't think you're off the hook because you got a digital fecal occult blood test at your last checkup: Research by the Veterans Affairs Cooperative Study found that the test missed 95% of the cases. Schedule your first colonoscopy before your 50th if you have a family history of colon cancer.

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Though colonoscopies are about as popular as root canals, if you're 50 or older, get one. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Don't think you're off the hook because you got a digital fecal occult blood test at your last checkup: Research by the Veterans Affairs Cooperative Study found that the test missed 95% of the cases. Schedule your first colonoscopy before your 50th if you have a family history of colon cancer.

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