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  Ted Escobedo   2 min read 1 year ago

March is colorectal cancer awareness month

Colorectal cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the colon or the rectum. It is the third leading cause of death from cancer in the United States.

Recently, the number of new colorectal cancer cases and the number of deaths from colorectal cancer have both decreased slightly each year.

Finding and treating colorectal cancer early may prevent death from colorectal cancer. Screening tests may be used to help find colorectal cancer.

Risk Factors

Avoiding cancer risk factors may help prevent certain cancers. Risk factors include smoking, being overweight, and not getting enough exercise. Increasing protective factors such as quitting smoking and exercising may also help prevent some cancers. Talk to your doctor or other health care professional about how you might lower your risk of cancer.

Source: https://www.cancer.gov

  • Age: The risk of colorectal cancer increases after age 50.
  • Family History: Having a parent, brother, sister, or child with colorectal cancer increases your risk.
  • Alcohol: Drinking 3 or more alcoholic beverages per day increases the risk of colorectal cancer. Drinking alcohol is also linked to the risk of forming large colorectal adenomas (benign tumors).
  • Smoking: Cigarette smoking is linked to an increased risk of colorectal cancer and death from colorectal cancer.
  • Obesity: Being overweight is also linked to an increased risk of colorectal cancer and death from colorectal cancer.
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