They also say genetics are the number one factor that plays into colon cancer, the fourth most common cancer in the country.
"Approximately 160,000 new cases are diagnosed each year and approximately 50,000 people die each day, second leading cause of cancer," says Sean Hunt, gastroenterologist of
On Monday night, health experts at the
Their top advice was encouraging everyone to get regular screenings especially for those age 50 and older.
"I was diagnosed June 2012 from something of what I thought was a simple gastrointestinal problem, and then they did a colonoscopy and they found it was a stage two tumor," says Karen Bradford, a previous colon cancer patient.
Other contributing factors include: high fat, low fiber diets, obesity and lack of exercise.
"Be very cognitive of your symptoms. Don't procrastinate. Get to the doctor and find out what's going on and the other thing I will say is that the experience taught me there's a great medical community," adds Bradford.
While it was a dark experience,
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