MADISON (WKOW) -- March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.
Colorectal cancer is the number two cancer killer of both men and women in the Unite States.
Experts say between 50,000 and 60,000 people will die from it this year across the country.
To tackle the disease, Meriter hospital is encouraging people to get a colonoscopy.
"We want 100 percent of Madison in the recommended population to have a colonoscopy because we know it can prevent colon cancer. It's that simple," says Dr. Gary Griglioni.
He says you should start getting tested when you turn 50.
If polyps are found, you should go back for a colonoscopy every three to five years. If no polyps are found, screenings should be done every 10 years.
Dr. Griglioni says people are hesitant to get a colonoscopy because of myths they hear about preparation.
Meriter uses a formula that makes prep easier. It's called Miralax. It's a low-volume test alternative that can be mixed with any clear liquid, such as Gatorade. And it doesn't impact test accuracy.
Click on the camera icon to watch our interview with Dr. Griglioni.
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