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HHS HealthBeat (August 30, 2011)

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From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

To have a better chance to beat some cancers, you have to spot them early. For a number of cancers, this is possible, through screening tests. And colorectal cancer is among these. 

At the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Lisa Richardson says screening can find and remove problem cells before they can develop into colorectal cancer, and find cancers early, when they are easiest to treat.

``There are two types of tests. One test is done to look for blood in the stool, and the other test involves a lighted scope, which actually looks at the colon.’’ (8 seconds)

Richardson says that, if the cancer is caught early, the odds of being cured are 90 percent.

An article on colorectal cancer is in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

Last revised: August 30, 2011