Today we’ll discuss five things to know about Colorectal Cancer:
- Despite being one of the more preventable forms of cancer, colorectal cancer is the 2nd leading cause of cancer death in the US, at about 50,000 deaths a year
- Risk of colorectal cancer increases with age and is most common among adults age 50 and older and those with a personal or family history of colorectal cancer or polyps
- Several lifestyle factors increase the risks of colorectal cancer, including lack of exercise, diets low in fruits and vegetables, low-fiber and high-fat diets, being overweight or obese, heavy alcohol consumption, and tobacco use
- Cancer screenings, such as colonoscopies and sigmoidoscopies, are essential for early detection of colorectal cancer and the potential removal of cancerous polyps
- About 50% of colorectal cancer cases are preventable through lifestyle changes, such as regular physical activity, maintaining a healthy weight, decreasing alcohol, red meat, and processed meat consumption, and increasing dietary fiber, calcium, and fruit and vegetable consumption.