Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

 

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Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of death from cancer. Colorectal cancer affects people in all racial and ethnic groups and is most often found in people age 50 and older.

The good news? If everyone age 50 and older were screened regularly, 6 out of 10 deaths from colorectal cancer could be prevented.

Colorectal cancer is cancer of the colon or rectum. It’s as common in women as it is in men. This year, over 136,830 people will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer and an estimated 50,310 will die of the disease. With certain types of screening, this cancer can be prevented by removing polyps (grape-like growths on the wall of the intestine) before they become cancerous. Several screening tests detect colorectal cancer early, when it can be more easily and successfully treated.

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Colorectal Cancer Risk Factors:

People age 50 and older

People who smoke

People who are overweight or obese, especially those who carry fat around their waists

People who aren’t physically active

People who drink alcohol in excess, especially men

People who eat a lot of red meat (such as beef, pork or lamb) or processed meat (such as bacon, sausage, hot dogs or cold cuts)

People with personal or family histories of colorectal cancer or benign (not cancerous) colorectal polyps

People with personal histories of inflammatory bowel disease (such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease)

People with family histories of inherited colorectal cancer or inherited colorectal problems

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