Colorectal Cancer: A Growing Threat for Young Men and Women | Be Well Medical

Colorectal cancer is a serious health concern that affects millions of people worldwide. Cancerous cells grow in the colon or rectum, characterizing the disease, and it can result in severe consequences if untreated. It is estimated that over 140,000 people in the United States alone are diagnosed with colorectal cancer each year, making it one of the most common types of cancer.

This article will discuss the causes of colorectal cancer, the importance of regular screening, and the steps you can take to reduce your risk of developing this serious disease.

What Causes Colorectal Cancer?

Several factors can increase your risk of developing colorectal cancer, although its exact causes are not fully understood. Some of these risk factors include:

The Importance of Regular Screening

Early detection is critical when treating colorectal cancer, which is why regular screening is so important. Screening tests such as colonoscopies can detect colorectal cancer early when it is most treatable. If caught early, the five-year survival rate for colorectal cancer is over 90%.

It is recommended that people over 50 get screened for colorectal cancer regularly and that people with a family history of the disease begin screening earlier.

Steps You Can Take to Reduce Your Risk

In addition to regular screening, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk of developing colorectal cancer. Some of these steps include:

Conclusion

Colorectal cancer is a serious health concern that affects millions of people worldwide. Early detection is vital when treating this disease, and regular screening is critical to early detection. By understanding the causes of colorectal cancer, the importance of routine screening, and the steps you can take to reduce your risk, you can take control of your health and reduce your risk of developing this serious disease.

Author
Nichole Shiffler, NMD Dr. Nichole Shiffler is a naturopathic primary care physician and medical director of Be Well Medical Primary Care. Dr. Shiffler focuses her practice on women's and pediatric medicine. Dr. Shiffler also has an extensive history of treating irregular menstrual cycles, thyroid disease, menopause, acne, PCOS, and diabetes. She utilizes nutrition and herbal medicine to deliver an effective treatment plan to her patients. Dr. Shiffler is available for patient care at Be Well Medical Primary Care. Call (480) 219-9900 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Shiffler.

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