Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness month. 69 News' Melanie Falcon has a special series this month highlighting the need for screening and looking at the latest developments in the detection and treatment of colorectal cancer. Recent breakthroughs include the use of artificial intelligence and robotic snakes that gobble tumors. Tune in to 69 News at Six each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday through March 26 to catch Melanie's reports.
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Ninety percent of colon cancers are preventable, but only about 50% of people who should have colonoscopies actually get them.

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Thanks to advancements in endoscopes, which are flexible tubes with cameras or surgical equipment attached, surgery for colorectal polyps or lesions is less common these days.