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

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Dr. Carlo Contreras
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~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.
Dr. Ed Kaplan
Hematology and Oncology 39 years experience
Not enough: About one in three people over 50 have not been screened for colorectal cancer. Around 50, 000 americans and greater than 600, 000 people worldwide die each year from this, which is a very preventable disease.

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How many people get colorectal cancer after 65?

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Dr. Joseph Woods
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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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Who should get screened for colorectal cancer?

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Obstetrics and Gynecology 8 years experience
Everyone, most >50: Most people are considered "average risk" for colorectal cancer, and should begin screening @ 50, typically with a colonoscopy. Some people at increased risk, such as those with inflammatory bowel disease or a family history of colorectal cancer. These people may need screening at a younger age-generally 10 yrs earlier than the age when their relative got colon cancer. Talk w/ your doctor.

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