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Colon cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in men and women in the United States, according to American Cancer Society. Screenings are highly recommended for early detection, but many people dread these uncomfortable procedures which often involve inserting a tube in the rectum. New research published in JNCI: Journal of the National Cancer Institute suggests there may be a less invasive, but effective way to get a colonoscopy.

Virtual colonoscopy is a medical imaging or x-ray test performed by the radiology department of a medical center that looks for cancer, polyps , in the colon, according to MedlinePlus.

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