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DENVER -- Nearly 143,000 people were diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2007 and more than 53,000 people died from it, making the cancer the second leading killer in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

FOX31 Denver anchor Ron Zappolo knows that undergoing a colonoscopy is a simple procedure that can prevent colorectal cancer and it saves lives. He went through the procedure as part of his video report.

In fact screening makes a difference in both early detection and treatment of the disease, and 90 percent of the cases are treatable or preventable.

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