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ASGE Re-Launches Colon Cancer Awareness Web Site www.Screen4coloncancer.Org for National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
Date:3/6/2008

Spanish with Chinese soon to come, and the site also gives patients an opportunity to share their personal stories about their experience with colon cancer.

In addition to these elements, visitors can send their loved ones who are 50 and over a birthday e-Card featuring cartoon characters "Peter and Polly Polyp" that reminds the recipient to get screened for colon cancer. The animated flash e-Card depicts a birthday celebration with the main message "Don't let Peter and Polly Polyp crash your birthday party. Get screened for colon cancer today, it is the second leading cancer killer. Ask your doctor about getting screened for colon cancer, it could save your life."

Log on to http://www.screen4coloncancer.org today. Colon cancer is preventable, beatable and treatable!

About Colon Cancer

Colorectal cancer, also know as colon cancer, is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in men and women and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. Many of those deaths could be prevented with earlier detection. The five-year relative survival rate for people whose colon cancer is treated in an early stage is greater than 90 percent. Unfortunately, only 39 percent of colon cancers are found at that early stage. Once the cancer has spread to nearby organs or lymph nodes, the five-year relative survival rate decreases dramatically.

ASGE screening guidelines recommend that, beginning at age 50, asymptomatic men and women at average risk for developing colon cancer should have a colonoscopy every 10 years. People with risk factors, such as a family history of colon cancer, should begin at an earlier age. Patients are advised to discuss their risk factors with their physician to determine when to begin routine colon cancer screening and how often they should be screened.

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SOURCE American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
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