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More colorectal cancer testing can prevent deaths, study shows

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Tens of thousands of people are diagnosed with colorectal cancer each year, making it one of the most common forms of cancer for both men and women. However a new study out of London suggests that a simple test could be all it takes to avoid the ailment.

The study found that a simple bowel examination using a small, flexible scope to find and remove polyps can reduce the rate of death by 25 percent compared to those who did not receive the screening.

Lead researcher, Wendy Atkins, told BBC news that, thanks to advances in testing for the cancer, "thousands of lives could be saved."

She added that people should still seek traditional screening measures to detect potential problems.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer among men and women, but estimates that if more people sought testing for the cancer, as many as 60 percent of the deaths could be prevented.

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