Top culprits

KNOW YOUR RISK

When debating the top culprits that contribute most of the deaths from cancer, rarely take into account a colon. Although in all actuality cancer is the third leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, with nearly 60,000 per year. This is an amazing number, but fortunately it has decreased over the years and raising public awareness and early detection, the chances of survival are encouraging.

Who is at risk to develop colorectal cancer and prevent what?

Although every cancer can take, there are certain ethnic groups, genetic factors; lifestyle and behavior are at increased risk for colon cancer. Some of them can be prevented and some cannot, but what is important is formed and openly with your doctor to keep your risk as much as possible.

Ethnic

Afro-Americans have the highest incidence of colorectal cancer in the United States. Eastern European Jews of European origin has the highest rate of colorectal cancer in the world. The reason for this is unknown.

AGE

From 8 of 10 people who want to develop the cancer-causing polyps, so after the age of 60 years, it is currently recommended age for a first colonoscopy. Is there a genetic disorder that predisposes a person excessive polyps and a very high risk for cancer. These people should begin to show in puberty.

Personal history of polyps or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)

If you have a pre-screening, which was positive for polyps, they should be examined more frequently. To your gastroenterologist will determine how often this happened. People who suffer from IBD may be at increased risk of developing abnormal cells in the intestinal tissue. These abnormal cells can lead to an increased risk of cancer.

Family history of colorectal cancer

Statistics show that incidents higher if first-degree family member had colon cancer or precancerous polyps, but no studies to show whether this is a genetic link, or any similarities in lifestyle and environmental factors.

LIFESTYLE

A number of health problems and lifestyle were strong with colon cancer risk by someone. Certain co morbidities such as diabetes, colon cancer to have and lifestyle, which can be monitored, some of them have been implicated in:

* Smoking

* Heavy alcohol consumption

* Diet rich in saturated fatty acids

* Inactivity / lack of physical activity

It is important that your doctor if you know any signs that indicate a problem, such as blood in the stool, change in usual bowel movement or rapid weight loss would have been. These are just some of the factors associated with colorectal cancer risk. Some can be controlled, while others need to be monitored. It is however important to follow what your doctor recommended guidelines. Although colon cancer is the most common cancers, is also to prevent from one of the simplest and, if caught early enough to treat.

By Taha Mateen

    

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