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Doctor's Rx l What's new in colon cancer?


Last updated 9/20/2019 at 1:17pm

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States and the third most common cause of cancer death in the world. Your lifetime risk of developing colorectal cancer is a bit less than 1 in 20.

But there is a light on the horizon. Since 2000, the diagnosis rate for those 50 and older has dropped by a third with recent work on screening and prevention showing how we can improve the numbers even further.

Colon cancer starts in the lining cells of the large intestine in a “two hit” process.

The first step, theorized to be an exposure to an environmental tox...

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