South Plains Colon Cancer Prevention Task Force saves lives - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/3/10

South Plains Colon Cancer Prevention Task Force kicks off another year of saving lives

By Kristin Beerman | email

Edited by Jon Bush | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – It has been a powerful campaign since 2003 and Wednesday morning, the South Plains Colon Cancer Prevention Task Force kicked off another year of saving lives. The chairman of that group said Wednesday their efforts are making a difference, but there's still work to be done.

"We started seeing drops in the incidence rate, we need to improve on our mortality rates," said Davor Vugrin, M.D., with the Center for Cancer Control.  "If you look at from the 90s to now, there has been a decrease in mortality, but over the last few years things stagnated, so we need to work harder."

As always, the message of prevention from the task force is every man and woman needs a colonoscopy by age 50 or earlier if there is a family history of colon cancer.

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