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SALEM COMMUNITY HOSPITAL..Virtual CT colonoscopy newest screening test

September 11, 2011
Salem News

In the United States, colorectal cancer is the third most common cause of cancer death in both men and women. "Colon cancer refers to cancers of the large intestine also called the colon, which is located in the lower part of a person's digestive system or in the rectum which is the last few inches of colon," explained Board certified Radiologist Peter Apicella, M.D. "Even though traditional colonoscopy is a very effecting screening method, colorectal cancer is still a leading cause of death because many people will not make the time to get screened for the disease, due to the perceived discomfort of the exam or its preparation. This is unfortunate, since colon cancer usually grows slowly and can be cured if found at an early stage."



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