Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of
cancer death in men and women combined in the US. The American Cancer Society estimates
the risk of developing colorectal cancer is 1 in 20, with men being at a slightly higher risk.
The easiest way to detect colon cancer is through a colon cancer screening. And, just like other cancers, early detection increases odds of survival. Learn more
about the benefits of early detection.
There are several risk factors for colorectal cancer. While you may have one or more risk factors, that doesn't mean you will get cancer. And, in contrast, some without known risk factors may get cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, some of the risk factors include:
80% by 2018
- Certain diets - Diets high in red meats and processed meats. Also cooking meats at high temperatures can contribute to risks.
- Physical inactivity
- Heavy alcohol use
- Age - People are at an increased risk over the age of 50. Ninety percent of those diagnosed are over age 50.
- Personal history of colorectal polyps or colorectal cancer
- Personal history of inflammatory bowel disease
- Family history of Colorectal Cancer or adenomatous polyps
- Inherited syndromes (cancer.org)
- Racial and ethnic background - African Americans have the highest rate diagnosis and mortality. Ashkenazi Jews have one of the highest rates of any ethnic groups in the world.
- Type 2 diabetes
Schneck is committed to increasing the awareness and screening of colorectal cancer. We are partnering with local physicians and other medical facilities to empower patients to get screened. Our goal by 2018 is to get 80% of people who qualify for a colonoscopy screened for cancer.
If you are over the age of 50 or have a family history of colon cancer, contact your medical provider to schedule your colonoscopy today.