Those getting screened include those over the age of 50, or with a family history and conditions like Irritable Bowel Syndrome(IBS) or Crohn's disease. Te symptoms for colon cancer can be noticeable.
Dr. Werner says, "Changes in bowel movement and rectal bleeding." He continues, "Usually when symptoms develop it's more advanced."
Primary treatment is surgery to remove the cancers or polyps, "There are those 40 percent that will need that adjuvant therapy; be it chemotherapy or radiation."
But if detected early, Werner says it boasts a 90% success rate; much of that is due to early screenings, like colonoscopies.
"If we increase our screenings even further, we can further reduce the incidences and mortality from colon cancers;" says Dr. Werner.
He adds there are many myths out there about colon cancer; so it's important to know your risks.
Also, he says the worst part is the preparation for the screening, because you have to drink an unfavorable liquid to help empty the colon. Most people, Dr. Werner says, sleep right through it.
Other myths include: it's just a man's disease. That's not true. It's just as common in women. It's better not to get treated, because it's deadly. That's not true. It's very treatable and curable, it detected early.
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