Colorectal Cancer
 

What Is Colorectal Cancer?
 

Also known as bowel cancer, colon cancer, or rectal cancer, it usually begins as small, benign (noncancerous) clumps of cells called polyps that form on the inside of the colon (large intestine).

Polyps may be small and produce few, if any, symptoms during the early stages of the disease. Because of this, USPSTF (US Preventive Services Task Force) guidelines recommend screening tests begin no later than age 50.

Large Intestine
Colon Cancer Risks

Causes of Colorectal Cancer
 

The exact cause of colorectal cancer is not known, but the following is a list of contributing factors that are known to be strongly linked to the disease, including but not limited to…

Risk Factors:

  • Alcohol Abuse / Consumption
    • To reduce your risk, the American Cancer Society recommends limiting alcohol to no more than 1 drink per day for women and 2 for men. A drink is either of the following:
      • 12 ounces of beer
      • 5 ounces of wine
      • 1.5 ounces of liquor
  • Smoking
  • Physical Inactivity
  • Obesity
  • Diet
    • Eating lots of red meats (i.e. beef, pork, lamb or liver) and processed meats (i.e. hot dogs & luncheon meats) raises one’s risk of getting colorectal cancer
  • Personal History of Colorectal Polyps
  • Personal History of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Heredity / Family History
  • Race / Ethnicity
    • African Americans have the highest incidence and mortality rates of all racial groups in the US (for reasons unknown).
    • Jews of Eastern European descent (Ashkenazi Jews) have one of the highest risks of any ethnic group in the world.
  • Having Type 2 Diabetes (T2D)

How We – And You – Can Help

Arizona Oncology Foundation is a program-based organization whose primary mission is to help people through cancer treatment and survivorship. We provide free services that increase the quality of life while people and their loved ones fight cancer. Specifically, we provide the non-medical supportive services that most insurance companies either don’t cover at all or not to the extent that is actually needed. We have 25 integrative and supportive services that help patients, their family members and caregivers.

If you wish to help us in our mission, please donate to this worthy cause. All accepted clothing (click HERE for an extensive list) and monetary donations are specifically used to help cancer victims, their families and caretakers by means of offering them non-medical, healthcare supportive services, financial aid services and cancer support groups, which help people through cancer treatment and survivorship as we strive to increase the quality of life of all those affected by cancer.

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