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This year, 150,000 Americans will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer. Of those, one-third will die from this disease.
However, the disease is 90 percent preventable with one life-saving test, a colonoscopy.
A colonoscopy screening works by detecting polyps, or small growths, on the lining of the colon or rectum. A doctor can then remove those polyps before they become cancerous.
Regular screenings are recommended for anyone:
For more information or to schedule a screening, call the UPMC Hamot Center for Digestive Health at 814-877-7200.