Colorectal Cancer 3

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the United States of cancers affecting both men and women. Dr. Edward Hill discusses risk factors of the disease in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer found in men and women. The American Cancer Society estimates that there are more than 140,000 new cases of colorectal cancer each year in the United States.

While we do not know the exact cause of most colorectal cancer, researchers have found several risk factors that may increase a persons chance of developing colorectal polyps or colorectal cancer.

They include:

- Age: Your chance of having colorectal cancer goes up after age 50.

- History of polyps, bowel disease or a family history of colorectal cancer.

- Race: African-Americans have the greatest risk of colorectal cancer.

- Diet: A diet high in fat can increase the risk of colorectal cancer, and

- Diabetes: People with diabetes have a 30 percent greater chance of getting colorectal cancer.

Other risk factors include a lack of exercise, being overweight, smoking and drinking alcoholic beverages.

The American Cancer Society recommends earlier screening for people with these risk factors.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.