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Colonoscopy Key to Preventing Colorectal Cancer

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and while this disease may not be a topic that people like to talk about, it’s imperative that this common cancer be discussed—even by people in their 30s and 40s.

Often thought of as an older person’s disease, colorectal cancer numbers are actually decreasing in that age group, while incidences of this cancer are increasing in the younger generation. A portion of this can be credited to screening—people over 50 are advised to have colonoscopies on a regular basis, while those of a younger age are not.

The reason it’s so important to have this screening is because if caught early enough, polyps can be removed before they become cancerous.