More people under the age of 50 are being diagnosed with colon cancer, according to a new study.

While screening for colon cancer is not recommended until after 50, doctors said that patients should know their family history. Patients are also urged to talk with their doctor about getting a colonoscopy if they do have a family history of colon cancer.

"A colonoscopy might be uncomfortable for five minutes, but believe me, dealing with cancer for life is a little harder," said colon cancer patient Marvin Arrivillaga.

Doctors said colon cancer symptoms usually show up when the disease is more advanced.

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