Nearly 50,000 men and women die of colorectal cancer every year. It is the fourth most frequent cause of cancer deaths in the U.S., and most of the fatal cases occur in people who have not had a regular screening for cancer of the colon and rectum.
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We cannot control the cards we are dealt but we can control how we play them. While these reminders are never pleasant, they are almost always gifts if we choose to treat them as such.
Screening people between the ages of 50 and 75 for colorectal cancer is so effective at preventing deaths that the USPSTF gives it an "A" rating, higher than breast or prostate cancer screening.
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