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Colon cancer awareness is still important throughout the year

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National colon cancer awareness month has come to a close, but doctors still want patients to take precautions throughout the year.
 
According to the American Cancer Society, colon cancer is the 3rd leading cancer in the United States, and the 2nd leading cause of death from cancers in men and women combined.

Dr. A. J. Magana sees patients with colon cancer on a regular basis and says anybody over the age of 50 should have a colonoscopy, or even earlier if there is a family history of the disease.

He also says the number one key to prevention is getting screened regularly.
 
"The bad thing about Nebraska (believe it or not) is Nebraska's colon cancer rates are a little bit higher than the U.S. in general and the screening rates are lower than the rest of the country," says Magana. "It's about 5% statistically. So we need to do a better job in Nebraska about colon cancer screenings."
 
Dr. Magana says that these numbers could easily be decreased, as long as people go in for regular screenings.

His hopes are that Nebraska sees lower rates as more people become aware of prevention.

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