Our Chicago: Colon cancer survivor and researcher talk signs, symptoms and screenings

The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2022 more than 106,000 Americans will be diagnosed with colon cancer.

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1/16/2022 8:00:00 PM

A colon cancer survivor and a University of Chicago Medicine professor talked about signs, symptoms, screening and the American Cancer Society .

The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2022 more than 106,000 Americans will be diagnosed with colon cancer .

The number of cases is down for older adults. Dr. Sonia Kupfer, associate professor and director of GI cancer risk and prevention at University of Chicago Medicine says much of that's likely due to screening. But cases are on the rise for people under 50.

"In fact, recently the U.S. Services Task Force reduced the age of screening in the general population to 45 (from 50) in response to that alarming trend," said Kupfer.She said symptoms of colon cancer include blood in the stool, change in bowel habits, unexplained abdominal pain and unexplained weight loss. Still, she pointed out that there are other reasons for those symptoms as well. She urged people to get screened saying,"colorectal cancer develops from pre-cancerous polyps and if we can get those polyps out, they have no chance of developing into colorectal cancer." Kupfer pointed out that they are still performing colonoscopies during the pandemic, taking necessary safety precautions.

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