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Screenings can prevent colon cancer

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) - Colorectal cancer is preventable. Most colorectal cancers begin as benign polyps that can change over time to become cancerous. Free and reduced-cost colon cancer screenings are being offered across Iowa during March.

Regular screening can help find polyps and allow doctors to remove them before they become cancerous. Colon cancer also responds best to treatment when found and treated early. Colon cancer may not cause symptoms in early stages.

Everyone should be screened for colorectal cancer starting at age 50. People at high-risk, including African Americans, may need to be screened before age 50. Talk with your doctor about your risks for colon cancer and which screening test best suits you.

For additional information, call Holden Comprehensive Cancer Service's Cancer Information Service at 1-800-237-1225 or visit the Iowa Cancer Consortium at http://www.canceriowa.org.

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