Routine colonoscopy screenings cut risk of colon cancer

Colon cancer is the third most-common cancer diagnosis in the United States. If it goes undetected for too long, it can be a killer.

“We are talking about 150,000 people who will develop colon cancer this year, and 50,000 are going to die from it,” says Dr. Arnold Levy, the president and CEO of Capital Digestive Care.

Levy says a colonoscopy is the gold standard among cancer tests. It is a terrific diagnostic tool and a measure of prevention. During the procedure, doctors can detect and remove polyps — benign growths on the wall of the colon that can become a breeding ground for cancer. WTOP (3/7/14)