March is National Colon Cancer Awareness month.
Patients like 43-year-old Shane Kraemer wish they had gotten screened earlier.
"Everyone thinks of cancer as something that happens to older people. That's not necessarily the case anymore. They're finding that younger people are getting these diseases. Early detection would have limited some of the things that I had to go through," Kraemer said.
Dr. Kirk Ludwig, surgeon at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, agrees, "The point of screening is such that you're not going to have a cancer, and if you do have a cancer to find it at an early stage where our treatments are so much more effective."
Colon cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer. It's estimated that in 2014, 136,830 people will be diagnosed and 50,310 will die.
Screening would help a lot of people.
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