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Everything You Need to Know About Colon Cancer

Colon CancerColon Cancer is the second most common cancer in the United States, and if detected at an early stage, has survival rates that are well above 90 percent.

Start your preemptive strike. Watch this video of experts from Cleveland Clinic and the Colon Cancer Alliance, including Carol Burke, MD, Robert Pelley, MD, and Jeannie Moore, co-founder  of Colon Cancer Alliance.

In this 30-minute video from a recent Google+ Hangout on Air, these experts discuss everything you need to know about colon cancer — including prevention tips and recommended screenings to the latest treatment options.

New research shows colonoscopies work

With the widespread use of colonoscopies, there is some good news about colon cancer that reinforces the importance of colonoscopy screenings.

Colon cancer rates in the U.S. dropped by 30 percent over a decade (2000 to 2010), according to statistics just released in the Colorectal Cancer Statistics 2014.

During those same years, colonoscopy screenings almost tripled among adults ages 50 to 75.

In 2000, only 19 percent of people recommended for colonoscopies went through screenings. By 2010, this number rose to 55 percent.

Experts say screening allows for early detection — fostering more successful treatments that save lives.

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Take our risk assessment and find out more about colon cancer, including prevention: March Forth Against Colon Cancer