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What is the gold standard for colon cancer detection?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer and the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States (US). It is one of the few cancers you can detect early, but also prevent entirely by catching precancerous polyps before they transform into cancer. Colonoscopy, a technique that visualizes the entire length of the colon and rectum, is the gold standard for colon cancer detection.

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