According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is not only the third most commonly diagnosed cancer, but is also the third leading cause of death by cancer in men and women in the U.S. The majority of cases are diagnosed in persons over age 50.
There are no early warning signs. Colorectal cancer develops from precancerous polyps in the colon and/or rectum, which can be detected during screenings, like a colonoscopy, a high-sensitivity fecal occult blood test, or a flexible signoidoscopy.
In addition to screenings, there are other preventive measures such as maintaining a diet low in animal fats and high in fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Those who are physically active are less likely to develop colorectal cancer than those who are more sedentary. Carrying extra weight around the waist increases one’s risk.
The American Cancer Society suggests that Vitamin D can help reduce the risk of developing colorectal cancer. Research has also shown a link between smoking and colorectal cancer. Being tobacco free can reduce eliminate that particular risk.
For more information, The Colon Cancer Alliance at http://www.ccalliance.org, is the largest national patient advocacy organization dedicated to prevention, education, early detection and treatment.
The American Cancer Society, http://www.cancer.org/cancer/colonandrectumcancer/, also provides information regarding the prevention, education, early detection and treatment.