01 Definition

02 Symptom

03 Screening

04 Procedure

05 Diet

ROSE B. JOHNSON COLON CANCER AWARENESS FOUNDATION

Colorectal cancer is a tumor caused by abnormal division of the cells lining the large intestine-the end of the digestive tract. This is where waste material is stored and where you preserve water before you eliminate waste. Colorectal cancer takes many years to develop. Often, harmless growths (called “polyps”) form on the lining of the large intestine before colorectal cancer is diagnosed. Research suggests that 50 percent of colorectal cancers could be prevented by adopting healthy habits.  For patients whose cancers are found very early (stage 1), the five-year survival rate is 90 percent. But only 39 percent of colorectal cancers are diagnosed at an early stage due to under-use of screening. Survival rates drop dramatically after cancer has spread to other parts of the body. Early detection is very important.

In the United States, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer among adults and the second leading cause of death from cancer. Approximately 143,000 new cases are diagnosed annually in the United States, and close to 51,000 deaths are attributed to it each year.

“Is Colorectal Cancer Inherited?”  Most colorectal cancer occurs in people who have no family history of the disease. According to the National Cancer Institute, only 10-30 percent of cases of colorectal cancer occur in people who do have a family history. Only about 5 percent of all cases are associated with known inherited gene mutations.

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