Facts About Colorectal Cancer

It is the third most common of all cancers in the United States. Around one in every 20 persons will have colon cancer sometime in their life in the US. However, most of the cases of colorectal cancer can be prevented by using existing diagnosis/screening techniques such as colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy etc which can identify polyps in colon or rectal area at an early stage. An early removal of these polyps can help prevent colorectal cancer. It is to be noted, however, that all polyps do not convert into cancer. Some of them are non-cancerous. Various risk factors may include family or personal history, alcohol, smoking, obesity, age, foot habits etc. This article highlights incidence of the disease according to races and regions in the United States and that how it changed over a period of time.