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Colon and rectal cancer

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer related deaths in the United States for both males and females. The American Cancer Society has recommended that colon cancer screening be started at age 50. However, more people younger than 50 years of age have been diagnosed with colon and rectal cancer. This is becoming more prevalent in the United States. As a result the American Cancer Society has now recommended that screening be started at 45 years of age. At this time screening at age 50 is covered by insurance companies with no out of pocket expenses. Some insurances will, however, cover screening starting at age 45. But if you have any symptoms such as bleeding, constipation, diarrhea, change in bowel habits, weight or appetite loss or abdominal pain seek the advice of a physician knowledgable in colon and rectal cancer. In these instances insurance will cover the screening. Questions can be directed to my office and will be answered in a timely manner.

Author
Farouk S. Tootla, MD

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