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Colon Cancer Screening: It Could Save Your Life

Summary: Colon cancer is the 3rd most common cancer in the U.S. and 100,000 individuals will contract this cancer each year. Will you be one of them?
Air Date: 3/1/13
Duration: 10
Host: Dr. Leigh Vinocur
Guest Bio: Dr. Andrew Meltzer
Dr. Andrew Meltzer is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. He specializes in clinical research and gastrointestinal emergencies. Dr. Meltzer did his residency in emergency medicine at the University of Maryland. He graduated from Brown University and received his medical degree at SUNY Downstate University.
Colon Cancer Screening: It Could Save Your Life
Colon cancer is the 3rd most common cancer in the U.S. and 100,000 individuals will contract this cancer each year. Will you be one of them?

It's not the easiest cancer to talk about... after all, who really likes to talk about poop? But you need to be talking about it - and thinking about it - if you want to potentially save your life.

In fact, if colon cancer is detected at an early stage it is highly curable. And if more people got screened at the age of 50, the deaths caused by colon cancer could be cut in half.

In this interview, Dr. Andrew Meltzer discusses the importance of regular colon cancer screenings, as well as contributing factors to the disease, possible symptoms and tips for preventing this deadly disease.
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