Colon cancer becomes a matter of life and death for about 86 people a year in Dutchess County, and about 54 in Ulster.
That comes from the record keepers at the state Department of Health, which tracks cases of this disease, the second-most common form of cancer that occurs, following prostate cancer. They logged 430 cases in the period 2005 through 2009.
The best bet to beat it, doctors say, is to get an examination, because an early catch is prelude to an early cure.
Click here to read the full article and video of Dr. Salvatore Buffa.