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Arthur Coogler

Two South Carolinians die each day of colorectal cancer, and six more are diagnosed. This cancer can occur at any age, even with no family history, and it must be caught early to be cured. A colonoscopy picks up only about 65 percent of lesions, but it is the best we have.

Your doctor will determine when you need to start and how often you need a colonoscopy, based on your family and personal medical history. For average-risk patients (no symptoms or family history), colonoscopies generally start at age 50 (earlier for African-Americans) and are repeated every 10 years.