ANCHOR LEAD: March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month, a perfect time to learn the risk factors associated with the disease. And this Friday is National Colon Cancer Screening Day… Brian Osuch has more on why this type of screening is necessary for some of your loved ones. (:60)
SCRIPT: Health Care Now, I'm Brian Osuch. Every year about 150,000 people are diagnosed with colon cancer, and if caught early… there's a 90% survival rate. Dr. Arnold Levy specializes in gastroenterology and says that's why screening and getting a colonoscopy is so important.
CUT: (Dr. Levy) All colon cancers begin as polyps. If one finds a polyp during colonoscopy, the polyp is removed and colon cancer as a problem is prevented.
SCRIPT: The Dr. says there are two risk factors to take into consideration when determining the right time for the screening… age and family history.
CUT: (Dr. Levy) For African Americans over the age of 45, for all others over the age of 50, if there is a family history it should be sooner, and it would depend upon when the family member developed colon cancer himself or herself.
SCRIPT: And what are some early stage symptoms to look out for…
CUT: (Dr. Levy) Change in bowel habits, abdominal pain or rectal bleeding.
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