Affecting around 150,000 people a year and resulting in over 50,000 deaths, colorectal cancer can affect anyone. Men and women are equally affected, and your risk of developing colorectal cancer increases with age. In addition to this, some people are at a greater risk of developing the disease.
Risk Factors include:
- People with a personal or family history of benign colorectal polyps.
- People with a personal or family history of colorectal cancer.
- People with a personal or family history of inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease).
- People with a personal or family history of ovarian, endometrial or
- breast cancer.
- People of African American and Hispanic descent, who are often
- diagnosed at a later stage of the disease.
- Men and women over the age of 50.
Colorectal cancer is preventable and often easy to treat and cure when found early. To learn about screening recommendations and to learn more about the disease, visit the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons website at www.fascrs.org.
March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Talk to your colorectal surgeon or other healthcare provider to learn more.
Together let’s flush colorectal cancer down the toilet!
Thiru V. Lakshman, MD
Board Certified Colon and Rectal Surgeon