Colorectal cancer Patient information
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Colorectal cancer is more common in people above age 50, but it can occur in younger individuals.1
Most cases begin in the form of benign asymptomatic polyps in the colon or rectum. The current standard of care is removing polyps via colonoscopy where possible for a complete analysis.2
Comorbidities: Obesity or Diabetes
Genetic: History of colorectal cancer or Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Lifestyle: Smoking, sedentary
Symptoms vary according to location and stages.3
If you notice any persistent symptoms , speak to your physician
Colorectal cancer screening is recommended when a person is above 45 years, has risk factors but lacks symptoms.4
Routine screening, beginning at age 45, is the key to preventing colorectal cancer and finding it early.5
When a person has symptoms, diagnostic tests are used to find out the cause of the symptoms.
Speak to your physician about the below screening or diagnostic tests
American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). (2021, May 4). Colorectal Cancer: Risk Factors and Prevention. Retrieved from https://www.cancer.net/cancer-types/colorectal-cancer/risk-factors-and-prevention, accessed 18 February 2022
Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research (MFMER). (2021, June 11). Colon Cancer: Symptoms & causes. Retrieved from https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/colon-cancer/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20353674, accessed 18 February 2022
Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research (MFMER). (2021, June 11). Colon Cancer: Diagnosis & treatment. Retrieved from https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/colon-cancer/symptoms-causes/syc-20353669, accessed 18 February 2022
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2021, February 8). What Should I Know About Screening? Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/colorectal/basic_info/screening/index.htm, accessed 18 February 2022
American Cancer Society, Inc. (2021, February 4). When Should You Start Getting Screened for Colorectal Cancer? Retrieved from https://www.cancer.org/latest-news/american-cancer-society-updates-colorectal-cancer-screening-guideline.html, accessed 18 February 2022