Is Colon Cancer Declining?

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By Karen McNew McGuire on March 18, 2016

 

Fact Check: Colon cancer cases have gone down over the last 10 years. 

True.

According to Carilion Clinic’s gastroenterologist Jonathan (Merritt) Bern, M.D., by using colonoscopy as a screening tool physicians have seen a 30 percent reduction in colon cancer diagnoses in the last 10 years.

However, despite such great strides, colon cancer is still the second leading cause of cancer death in America. Data from the American Cancer Society has shown that if colon cancer is found and treated early, the five-year survival rate is 90 percent, but due to low testing rates only 39 percent of cases are diagnosed at an early stage.