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The American Cancer Society has lowered the recommended age for colon cancer screenings from 50 to 45. Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in American men and women separately, and the second-leading cause when the sexes are combined, says the American Cancer Society. The good news? Early detection and regular screenings can help prevent the disease and often cure it.

Dr. Thiru Lakshman, a colorectal surgeon on the medical staff at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center, explains the new screening guidelines in this video.

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