Colon cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in men and women.  According to the American Cancer Society, it is preventable, treatable and beatable.

“The message today is twofold," said  Dr. Tedd Mitchell, the president of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.

"Number one, colorectal cancer  is  extremely common in the population.  It doesn’t matter if you’re black, white or brown.  Number two, if you find things early you can markedly alter your longevity.  So, know that it’s there, know that it’s common, know that a preventive screen can make a difference."

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