According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, of cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer is the second most frequent cause of cancer death in the U.S. Most cases of colon cancer begin as small, noncancerous (benign) clumps of cells called polyps. Over time, some polyps become colon cancers. Because these polyps may be small and produce few, if any, symptoms, health care providers recommend regular screening tests to prevent colon cancer. These screenings identify and remove polyps before they become cancerous.
On the next Mayo Clinic Radio program, Dr. John Kisiel, a gastroenterologist at Mayo Clinic, will discuss screening, treatment and prevention of colorectal cancer. Also on the program, Dr. Matthew Ferber, a medical geneticist at Mayo Clinic, will explain Mayo Clinic GeneGuide. GeneGuide is the new personal DNA product backed by Mayo medical science and expertise. And Mayo Clinic experts Dr. Susanne Cutshall, a nurse practitioner and integrative health specialist, and Debbie Fuehrer, a mind-body medicine counselor, will offer ideas for dealing with holiday stress and the winter blues.
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