Seeing Doctor Regularly May Cut Your Colon Cancer Risk

Study found Medicare beneficiaries who did were less likely to develop, die from the disease

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"And this study," Schoen said, "clearly points to a big benefit that comes from going to your doctor, by showing this protective association. Now, there are caveats. Yes, we don't know if the people who go are more health-conscious to begin with, and because this is based on observational data we don't actually know what happens during these visits. What did the doctors actually recommend in terms of screenings? But even so, it is logical to presume that the more contact with a primary care physician, the more likely colorectal cancer prevention was discussed and acted on."

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For more on colorectal cancer screening, visit the U.S. National Cancer Institute.

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