Colon cancer is the fastest growing type of cancer and the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S., but it can be prevented. About 150,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with colon cancer each year and nearly 50,000 will die from it.
But colon cancer can be prevented through early screening and treatment, says Dr. Russell Yang, professor and chief of gastroenterology at SIU School of Medicine.
Dr. Yang says screening for colon cancer is recommended for an individual to begin at age 50 if there is no family history of the disease. If there is a family history, or if you are African-American, screening should start earlier – at age 40 or 45.