The Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ) is making experts available to discuss risk factors, treatment and prevention options surrounding colorectal cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, nearly 143,000 new cases of the disease are expected to be diagnosed in the United States this year with about 4,600 new cases in New Jersey. Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death among both men and women in the United States. CINJ is a Center of Excellence of UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.
While the exact cause of most colorectal cancers is not known, risk factors include poor diet, lack of exercise, and having polyps in the colon or rectum areas. Those over age 50 also are at increased risk. Beginning at age 50, it is recommended that both men and women undergo periodic colonoscopies, fecal occult blood tests and/or other screenings that can detect colorectal cancer. Earlier testing is recommended for people with increased risk, such as those with a family history of the disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, if everyone aged 50 or older were screened regularly, as many as 60 percent of deaths from this cancer could be avoided.
Some signs of possible colorectal cancer include:
• Bleeding from your rectum.
• Dark stools or blood in the stool or toilet after you have a bowel movement.
• A change in bowel habits, such as diarrhea, constipation, or narrowing of the stool that lasts for more than a few days.
• Cramping pain in your lower stomach.
• Weakness, fatigue, unintended weight loss
Studies show that colorectal cancer may be prevented by maintaining a healthy weight, eating a diet rich in fruit and vegetables, keeping physically active and limiting the use of alcoholic beverages.
If you are 50 or older then you need to be tested for colon cancer!
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