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Preventable Colon Cancer Deaths Cost The Economy $6.4 Billion

Access to early diagnosis for colon cancer saves lives, while delayed diagnosis makes this disease more fatal.


Almost 20 percent of the people in low-income communities who die of colon cancer could have been saved with early screening. And those premature deaths take a toll on communities that can least bear it.

Lower-income communities in the United States face $6.4 billion in lost wages and productivity because of premature deaths due to colon cancer, according to researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

People in lower-income communities are more likely to die of colon cancer, often because they don’t get diagnosed early enough. Those premature deaths take a financial toll, too.

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