Big numbers out from the American Cancer Society show colon cancer rates are dropping, as are deaths from the disease.
Experts have seen a 30 percent drop in colon cancer incidence in the past 10 years for people over 50.
From 2001 to 2010, mortality rates decreased by about 3 percent per year, and the good news can be attributed to increased cancer screenings.
Colonoscopy screenings tripled among older adults between 2000 and 2010. These screenings help doctors find polyps and remove them before they become cancerous.
With the numbers up, the American Cancer Society's chief medical officer says there is still work to be done.
"There is no debate that colon cancer screening is saving lives. The only great tragedy really is only about half, 55 percent, of adults in the United States over the age of 50 are actually getting colorectal cancer screening," said Dr. Otis Brawley with the American Cancer Society.
Doctors suggest you start screening for colon cancer soon after you turn 50. If you have a family history, you may need to start earlier.
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