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Cancer Women Should Also Beware

May 18, 2007

Friday wraps up National Women's Health Week. Doctors warn that there's another cancer, besides breast and skin, that many women just aren't aware of.

Though diseases like breast cancer and skin cancer affect many women in our area and around the country each year, there's another cancer that doctors say is even more important to look out for.

"Colon cancer is a very important cancer in women. We are not seeing enough women being screened for colon cancer, and the general recommendation is a screening colonoscopy at age 50," said Dr. Alicia Dagli of Pantops Family Medicine.

The National Cancer Institute estimates that more than 50,000 Americans will die from colon cancer this year alone.

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