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A 41-year-old member asked:

How many people get colorectal cancer after 65?

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Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology 29 years experience
Enough/a great many.: The incidence of this cancer goes up greatly after age 50. This is why colonoscopy is recommended for anyone over age 50 as a guideline. Both men and women are affectedust about equally. Colonoscopy is recommended by the american cancer society “guidelines for the early detection of cancer” once every 10 years and flexible sigmoidoscopy, barium enema, and virtual colonoscopy every 5 years.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

How many people are being screened for colorectal cancer each year?

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Dr. Carlo Contreras
A Verified Doctoranswered
Surgical Oncology 19 years experience
~1.6 million/year: The national cancer institute estimates that about 1.6 million screening colonoscopies are performed each year in the United States. Colonoscopy is not the only way to screen for colorectal cancer, but collecting these statistics on a national level is much more difficult. The other methods include sigmoidoscopy, fecal occult blood testing, and ct-based screening tests.

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