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American Cancer Society recommends screening at age 45 for colon cancer

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Colon cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the United States.

American Cancer Society recommends the typical screening age at 45 years old due to an increase within people younger than 50.

Billings Clinic gastroenterologist Dr. Eric Nelsen who tells me it's important to get screened especially if you have a family history

He also says diets high in fruits and vegetables can decrease your risk of colon as well as being active.

Dr. Nelsen says colon cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death in the United States, so he wants people to be vigilant about getting screened early.

An early detection can help save your life.

"When colon cancer starts its pretty asymptomatic, which is more reason to screen," said Dr. Nelsen

"As it gets more advanced you can get bleeding, and abdominal pain, weightless and those are more serious presentations," said Dr. Nelsen. "This has given us another chance to get the word out that screening for colon cancer is important at whatever age you are, whether you're 50 or 60 years old, if you haven't talked to your doctor you need to get screened."

Dr. Nelsen says the good news is if caught early, colon cancer is very treatable and if doctors can even remove some of the polyps or growth in your colon before it becomes cancerous.

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