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Colon Cancer rates down

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) -Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States.

However, colon cancer rates are down significantly in the last 30 years.

Doctors credit the decrease to screening and knowing your family history.

A quarter of cases are related to family history. If you know someone in your family had colon cancer, you are supposed to get screened for the disease when you are 10 years younger than the age your relative was when they got that cancer.

Jena Casper, Nurse Practitioner at Mayo Clinic Health System, said "People decline in having a colonoscopy because they don't want to go through having to do the prep work, or the procedure, some people say the worst part is the prep, but it's one evening out of your lifetime to prep for this test and know your family history to pass it on to your children."

90% of cases happen after age 50.  Men are at highest risk for the disease.


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