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Colon cancer down 30 percent in last 10 years

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Promising news in the fight against colon cancer: deaths from the disease have dropped over the past decade.

The incidence of colon cancer for people over 50-years-old dropped 30 percent in the past ten years, according to the American Cancer Society. Experts credit the rise in screening rates.

The death rates during the same time period decreased by about 3 percent per year while colonoscopy screening tripled to 55 percent.

The colonoscopy and other cancer screening tools are effective because doctors can find polyps and remove them before they become cancerous.

Guidelines now are a baseline at age 50, or earlier if you have a family history. The baseline for African Americans is age 45.

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