in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute found that new cases
of colon and rectal cancer are appearing in a larger number of young adults
than ever before. Between the mid-1980s and 2013, colon cancer rates
increased about 1 to 2 percent every year for people in their 20s and 30s.
The study did not determine a reason for the increase. Colon cancer is the
third leading cause of cancer death among men and women in the U.S., but
many colon cancers can be prevented with regular testing. March is National
Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and it’s a good time to learn the facts
about colon cancer and schedule a colonoscopy. It could save your life.
According to the
American College of Gastroenterology,
with polypectomy (removal of polyps) reduces the risk of colon cancer by 90
percent. More than 50,000 people are expected to die of colorectal cancer
this year. And, a screening colonoscopy could save more than half of those
NCH Medical Group Gastroenterologist
Benjamin VanCura, M.D., recommends people schedule their first
screening colonoscopy at age 50. There are exceptions; those who have a family history of colorectal
cancer or personal history of inflammatory bowel disease may opt for a
colonoscopy at a younger age.
Paying attention to your colon
health also is recommended, says NCH Medical Group Gastroenterologist
Ami Behara, M.D.
It’s as easy as engaging in physical activity, watching your diet and
drinking plenty of water.
about NCH’s colorectal program and available treatments.
- Ami Behara
- Benjamin VanCura