Monday, April 14 2014, 12:37 PM MDT
Colon Cancer Can Be Treated if Caught Early
(KUTV) – Colon cancer is the second leading cancer causing death in the United States. And experts say it is also treatable if caught early. "Unfortunately, about 100,000 people this year will get colon cancer and about 50,000 will die."
Doctor Clark Hilbirg is a Gastroenterologist at Intermountain Medical Center and at the Utah Gastroenterology clinic. He says one way to detect colon cancer early is to have a colonoscopy. "We look into the colon with an endoscope and we are able to see polyps. Polyps typically develop in colon cancer and if we can find those polyps early, we can remove them."
The current recommendation is that everyone 50 years or older should get a colonoscopy. If you have a family history of colon cancer, you may need to be screened a little earlier.
Most insurance companies will cover the cost of a colonoscopy. If you need financial help, visit: https://health.utah.gov/ucan/Low-cost Resources/treatment_and_financial_help.php
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