Testing: Colorectal Cancer Screening

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about medical tests that help doctors diagnose and treat disease. Colorectal cancer is much more treatable when it’s detected earlier, but the people who need screening the most may not have access to it.

More than 140,000 cases of colorectal cancer are diagnosed in the United States each year, and nearly 50,000 Americans die. If this cancer is diagnosed early enough, it can usually be cured. Dr. James K.V. Wilson, director of the Harold K. Simmons Cancer Center at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says screening for colon cancer could virtually eliminate death from the disease. That’s why the National Cancer Center has awarded a grant to UT Southwestern and Parkland Health & Hospital System to establish a program to provide cancer screenings for lower-income people who don’t have health insurance that covers screenings.

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December 2011

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