Colon cancer tests can help save lives

Mar 30, 2012

Getting screened for cancer can save lives.

Whether or not men have a history of colon cancer, a study by the New England Journal of Medicine reported that patients saw the death rate for colorectal cancer cut by 53 percent in those who have precancerous polyps removed. These tests can show early warning signs of cancer, a good thing for people who want to live longer and not have to claim their life insurance policy early.

"A colonoscopy examines the inside of the large intestine with a tiny camera mounted on a slender tube," according to an article in North Carolina's The News and Observer. "It generally takes less than an hour, and patients almost always are out cold for the procedure. While there is always a small chance of complications, most people come out of the examination saying, 'It wasn't nearly as bad as I feared.'"

A professor of medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center, Dr. Steven Itzkowitz, said to the New York Daily News that anyone older than the age of 50 is at risk of this type of cancer. He said it affects men and women of every race, and having a family history increases chances of cancer.

People wanting to guard against this cancer should get tested frequently. It may also help reduce the cost of a life insurance policy over the long run by staying cancer-free.

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