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Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in men and women combined in the United States, and it’s also one of the most preventable cancers. Living a healthy lifestyle can reduce your risk of colon and rectal cancer, but regular screening is also important. In this video, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana Chief Medical Officer Dr. David Lechner recommends talking with your health care provider about which type of screening is right for you and when you should be screened.
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Hello, I’m Dr. David Lechner. I am the Chief Medical Officer at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana, with a message about colon cancer screening. Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States right behind lung cancer, and it’s generally one of the more preventable cancers. Living a healthy lifestyle can reduce your risk of colon and rectal cancer but regular screening is still also important. Screening is recommended for everybody with average risk starting at age 45. However, if you have a family history of colon cancer or other risk factors, screening can start earlier. Screening helps find precancerous, abnormal growths also known as polyps so they can be removed before they turn into cancer. Screening also helps find cancer early when treatment works best. Polyps and cancer don’t always cause symptoms which is why it’s so important to be screened. There are several types of screening tests. In fact, some tests can be taken at home with no pain or discomfort. Have a conversation with your health care provider about which test is right for you and when you should be screened. If you haven’t talked with your health care provider about colon cancer screening, call and schedule your appointment. Getting screened for colon cancer can save your life. As always, remember to talk to your health care provider about any health concerns or questions that you may have. Thank you.
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