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    Mayo Clinic Minute: An inside look at colonoscopy advances

colonoscopy scope camera view of the colon and polypEveryone is at risk for developing colorectal cancers, especially after 50. Health care providers say that makes screening a vital part of your health plan.

"We have the technology right now to prevent colorectal cancer," says Dr. Michael Wallace, a Mayo Clinic gastroenterologist. "And we just need to make sure that everybody is coming in to get a colonoscopy."

Dr. Wallace says technology has improved so much that doctors are now able to identify and remove precancerous lesions that might have been missed in the past.

In this Mayo Clinic Minute, Dr. Wallace explains how high-definition colonoscopy cameras are helping doctors in the battle against cancers. Jeff Olsen reports.

Watch: The Mayo Clinic Minute

Related: How a colonoscopy can prevent colorectal cancers

Journalists: Broadcast-quality video pkg (1:00) is in the downloads. Read the script.