colon cancer

Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in the United States, most frequently diagnosed among adults over 65. To catch those typically slow-growing malignancies early, when they can often be cured, most doctors' groups recommend colorectal cancer screening starting at age 50.

But the American Cancer Society this week changed its advice and is recommending that screening start five years earlier.

Patient in hospital bed
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A new Netflix documentary addresses a topic few enjoy discussing: death. The doctor featured in this documentary is the author of a new book entitled "Extreme Measures: Finding a Better Path to the End of Life," and she argues that conversations about death need to happen while people are healthy in order to avoid unnecessary suffering when one can no longer communicate their wishes.

Today we'll talk about facing the reality of death, prevention and treatment for colon cancer and the latest in wellness news.