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The Dreaded Turning-50 Test

One of the joys of turning 50 is that your health care professional will start recommending a colonoscopy. Many people dread the test, which involves having a tube inserted into the rectum to look for cancers and precancers.

Even so, acceptance has grown tremendously. In 2010, 55 percent of Americans ages 50 to 65 had been tested, nearly three times the rate in 2000, and the figure was even higher, 64 percent, in people over 65

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