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March is colon cancer awareness month, how awareness can save your life

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Colon cancer also known as "the silent killer"

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 3:15pm

Known as the silent killer, colon cancer does not often show symptoms until it is too late, but that's not the only thing that sets this cancer apart.

"I think the important thing with colon cancer in particular is to create awareness of the fact that it is preventable," says Dr. Stephen Abshire, gastroenterologist at Lafayette General Medical Center.

Now through Walgreens around Acadiana Lafayette General is providing free home screening kits that test for the risks of colon cancer.

"We can virtually wipeout colon cancer 99.9% of the time with appropriate screening," says Dr. Abshire.

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