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I知 here with Dr. Paul Butler, a board certified gastroenterologist with Northwest allied physicians. Doctor, how often should a colorectal cancer screening be done?
For an average risk patient colonoscopy is recommended as a screening tool every ten years. For those who have had polyps or those who are at high risk for other reasons, colonoscopy is often recommended more often, say every three to five years. But that depends on the situation and that痴 the something the patient should discuss with their family doctor.
Doctor, is colorectal cancer more common in men or women?
In this country the incidence of colon cancer is approximately equal between men and women. In other countries there may be a slight increase instance in men over women.
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