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Colorectal cancer is one of the most common preventable cancers. The colon and rectum make up the large intestine, which absorbs water and some nutrients from digested food, and stores the solid waste until it is expelled from the body.
A polyp is a noncancerous growth in the colon. Some of these may become cancerous later. Early detection and removal of colorectal polyps and malignant tumors can prevent complications and death due to colon cancer.
People should talk to their doctor about when to go for the screening and what tests to have. One or more of the following tests may be used for colon cancer screening:
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