Colorectal Cancer Facts 2009Colorectal cancers are the only preventable cancers, but you wouldn´t know it by the numbers. Last year another estimated 153,760 cases were confirmed, and more than 52,000 people died.
People at risk who should get a screening colonoscopy include individuals who are 50 years of age or older, have a history of polyps or bowel disease, have a family member with colorectal cancer, or are of East European Jewish or African American descent.
Though the colorectal cancer death rate is still too high, the numbers are going down. Screening colonoscopy contributes to the reduction in cases by enabling the identification and removal of polyps before they become cancerous.
2009 Colorectal Cancer Facts
- Develops in the colon or rectum and is frequently preceded by changes in the lining, i.e., the growth of polyps which can later become cancerous
- 153,000 new cases will be diagnosed this year
- Country´s second leading cause of cancer death will claim 52,000 lives in 2009 in U.S.A.
- Second most preventable cancer, after lung cancer
- Highly treatable when caught in early stage by screening colonoscopy
- Only 39% of cases are diagnosed at an early, highly treatable stage (reason: People who should have screening colonoscopies don't.)
- High Risk factors
- Over 50 years of age
- Have a family history of colon cancer
- Having a family history of polyps or inflammatory bowel disease
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Heavy alcohol consumption
- High-fat diet
- Symptoms can include a change in bowel habits and rectal bleeding, but are typically not noticeable before the cancer has escalated to an advanced stage