Dodge "silent killer" colon cancer with simple screening

Dodge "silent killer" colon cancer with simple screening
(Source: KAIT)

(KAIT/NBC) - Did you know that 139,992 Americans were diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2014?

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month and doctors say a screening could save your life.

Angela Rooney was diagnosed with colon cancer five years ago during a routine screening.

Two weeks later, she had part of her colon removed.

Six months of chemotherapy followed since the cancer had spread to her lymph nodes.

Dr. Michael Page recommends a colonoscopy every 5-10 years starting at age 50, earlier if you have a family history of the disease.

"If you have blood in your stool we worry about that. Change in your bowel habit, abdominal cramping, pain, things like that," said Page. "Any change from normal we get worried about, you should see your doctor."

Dr. Page says surgery alone will cure 85% with early-stage cancer, so the key is finding it early.

Click here to learn more about Rooney's battle with colon cancer.

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