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Colon Cancer is the second deadliest form of cancer in the U.S., yet it doesn't have to be. It's more than 90% preventable. In fact, it's one of the few cancers that is completely preventable by screening.
Each year over 14 million healthy Americans are getting screened for colon cancer. Of these, according to the report Complications of Colonoscopy in an Integrated Health Care Delivery System by the Annals of Internal Medicine, an estimated 70,000 (0.5%) are killed or injured by colonoscopy-related complications. This figure is higher than the total number of annual deaths from colon cancer itself, 22% higher.