Although most said they'd let their physician know if asked, survey finds
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Rates are stagnant in parts of the Mississippi Delta, Appalachia and eastern Virginia, study finds
But, due to aging population, actual number of cancer deaths is rising
Those with higher polyp detection rates prevent more cancers, save more lives, study says
Increase in colonoscopy and other tests was typically seen among poorer, less educated Americans
New research suggests different treatment may be warranted
These include tests for colon, breast and cervical malignancies
Strongest factors included eating more fruits and veggies, maintaining normal weight before diagnosis
Study found more polyps, other markers of colon tumor risk in those eating 'Western' high-fat, low-fiber fare
But experts caution against starting to take it every day in hopes of preventing disease
Study shows lower risk of lung, colon tumors at 65 and older
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