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Information on Colon Cancer
Colon cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in the United States. It is also called colorectal cancer when the cancer is in the colon and rectum. Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common form of cancer in both men and women.
Colon cancer originates in the lower part of your digestive system, called the large intestine. When it develops in the last few inches of the colon, it is referred to as rectal cancer. Each year, around 112,000 people are diagnosed with colon cancer.
Colon Cancer Risk Factors
While the exact causes of colon cancer are not known, studies show that there are risk factors that can increase your chances of developing the disease.
These risk factors include:
- Age: Colon cancer most often develops in individuals over the age of 50.
- Diet: A diet rich in high fat and high calorie foods combined with limited fiber intake can increase your chances of developing cancer.
- Family History: As the number of your family members with colon cancer increases, so does your likelihood of developing the disease.
Reducing Your Risk of Colon Cancer
Researchers have found that colon cancer develops gradually from benign polyps. Early detection and removal of these polyps may help prevent the cancer from developing. In addition to early detection, some studies suggest a low fat and high fiber diet will reduce the risks of developing colon cancer. If you feel you may be at risk, please discuss this with your doctor. Your doctor may be able to suggest some changes in your habits that will decrease your chances of developing cancer.
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