The total number of people being diagnosed with colon cancer has reduced since the 1980s because of regular screening and identification of polyps.
Colon cancer at one point in time in America was the most common cause for death in America, though it has been on a steady decline since the 1980s as reported by a study in CA:A Cancer Journal for Clinicians. In the year 1985, 66.3 cases of colon cancer for 100,000 adults in the US was reported. By the year 2010, the rate of deaths fell to 40.6 cases for every 100,000 adults.
The chief medical officer for American Cancer Society, Dr. Otis Brawley, said that the incidence of colon cancer has been declining as a result of screening as well as finding polyps (precancerous lesions that can be easily removed). When the precancerous lesions are spotted in their infant stage, they are removed and the patient is thereafter safe from developing the cancer.
Doctors and experts at the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force as well as the American Cancer Society suggested that a personal must go through regular screening for colon cancer from the age of 50 years.
Screening for colorectal cancer is being done right now only by 50 percent of people above 50 years of age. And this is a major reason why different government bodies are pushing people to get tested.
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