50,000 Americans die every year from colon cancer.
But doctors say that number will drop if more of us get regular screenings.
A reminder about who should get one and when in Health Plus.
Doctor Victor Mujica does hundreds of colonoscopies a year in the Cedar Valley.
The Covenant Clinic provider says the procedure can keep patients from developing colon cancer or stop it in its tracks.
"The colorectal cancer is a disease that can be prevented and actually we are able to cure the cancer if we detect the disease early on," said Dr. Mujica.
If you are 50 or older the American Cancer Society recommends you get screened.
And there are more ways than one to do it.
"There are other options in order to have the colon cancer screening. They may not to be as good as a colonoscopy, but still it's better to have some type of the screening than no screening at all," he said.
Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in Iowa.
But half of all these deaths could be prevented through screenings.
When colon cancer is discovered early, 90-percent of patients can be treated successfully.
Free colon screening kits will be given away at Peoples Community Health Clinic in Waterloo on Wednesday, March 20 and Thursday, March 21 from 9am to 7pm.
No appointment is necessary to get the free kit if you are age 50 to 64 with limited or no insurance.
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