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November 2021
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Colorectal cancer screening

More tests, more choices

Colon cancer is the top cancer killer in nonsmokers. Yet, it's considered a preventable disease thanks to several cancer screening options. Learn about the options and take advantage of their lifesaving benefits.

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Second Opinion

I've never had a fracture or any bone health issues. Should I still get a bone density test?

It depends. A bone density test uses X-rays to measure the amount of calcium and other minerals in a segment of bone. By identifying decreases, your doctor can determine your risk of fractures and diagnose and monitor progression of osteoporosis.

If you're a woman 65 or older, a bone density test is recommended. Even if testing reveals your bone health is good, this test can serve as a baseline measurement for future testing. Testing is also important for women and men who've broken a bone after age 50.

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