Colon Cancer Detection & Prevention – PRMC – Tuesday, March 3, 2015
However, these numbers could still improve. There will be 93,090 new cases this year and 49,700 deaths will die from this disease in 2015. Your risk for developing colon cancer is 1 in 20, or about 5%.
Dr. Charbel says that colon cancer is a tumor that develops in the large bowel and forms at a small lesion called a polyp that grows over years to become a maligament tumor and can spread to other organs.
Both men and women are at risk for colon cancer. However, most of the patients do not have any specific risk factor. With age, they just develop cancer.
Possible Risk Factors:
- Family history
- IBD, Crohn’s, Colitis
- Certain genetic syndromes
Signs & Symptoms:
- Many times, none
- Blood in stool
- Abdominal pain
- Change in bowel habits
- Start screening at age 50
- No polyps – every 10 years
- Polyps – every 5 years
- Family history- start screening at age 40, every 5 years
Preventing Colon Cancer:
- Better diet – high in fiber, rich in calcium, low in fat, low in red meat
- Get screened
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