Colorectal Cancer Info
Colorectal cancer starts in either the colon or the rectum. Colon cancer and rectal cancer have many features in common.
The American Cancer Society estimates close to 100,000 people will get colon cancer in 2014. The death rate has been going down due to colorectal cancer screenings. Polyps can be found and removed before they turn into cancer.
Risk factors you cannot change
--Age: your risk gets higher as you get older
--Having had colorectal cancer or certain kinds of polyps before
--Having a history of ulcerative colitis or Crohns disease
--Family history of colorectal cancer
--Race or ethnic background, such as being African American or Ashkenazi
--Type 2 diabetes
--Certain family syndromes, like familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) or hereditary non-polyposis colon cancer (HNPCC, also called Lynch syndrome)
Risk factors linked to things you do
Some lifestyle-related factors have been linked to an higher risk of colorectal cancer.
--Certain types of diets: a diet that is high in red meats (beef, lamb, or liver) and processed meats (like hot dogs, bologna, and lunch meat) can increase your colorectal cancer risk. Cooking meats at very high heat (frying, broiling, or grilling) can create chemicals that might increase cancer risk.
--Lack of exercise
--Being very overweight (or obese)
--Heavy alcohol use
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