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Immunofluorescent light micrograph of human colon cancer cells, highlighting the nucleus of each cell in pink. U.S. doctors have been seeing an increase in colorectal cancer cases — and deaths — among people under age 50. SPL/Science Source hide caption

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Get Screened Earlier For Colorectal Cancer, Urges American Cancer Society

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Patients with a history of polyps who need more subsequent tests may have to pick up some of those costs. PeopleImages/Getty Images hide caption

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This computer-enhanced barium contrast X-ray shows colon cancer in red. Researchers have been trying to figure out what looks to be a decade-long rise in colon cancer among people younger than 50. Scott Camazine/Science Source hide caption

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Instructions for the colon screening test were devised so they can be understood in any language. Courtesy of Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research hide caption

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Courtesy of Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research

Insurers still charge copays for some contraceptives. Laura Garca/iStockphoto hide caption

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Before your doctor gets to this, make sure he'll bill the colonoscopy as a screening test rather than a diagnostic one. Sebastian Schroeder/iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Kristen Miller, a colonoscopy patient, sits with Dr. Stephen Hanauer at the University of Chicago Medical Center in Chicago in 2010. They're looking at an interactive computer program describing benefits and risks of the procedure. Brian Kersey/AP hide caption

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Before the colonoscopy begins, it pays to ask your doctor some pointed questions. Sebastian Schroeder/iStockphoto.com hide caption

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