NORWICH – March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and a good time to learn more about colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon and rectum) and how it can be prevented or best treated. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States for both men and women combined. This year, approximately 140,000 new cases of colorectal cancer will be diagnosed and 56,000 people will die from the disease. “But colorectal cancer is a disease that can be prevented through regular screenings, a healthy diet and regular exercise,” explained Dr. Michael Trevisani, a colorectal surgeon and Vice President Medical Affairs/Chief Medical Officer of UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital and Medical Director of UHS Delaware Valley Hospital.
Who is at risk for colorectal cancer?
The risk of developing colorectal cancer increases with age. All men and women aged 50 and older are at risk for developing colorectal cancer, and should be screened. Some people are at a higher risk and should be screened at an age younger than 50, including those with a personal or family history of inflammatory bowel disease; colorectal cancer or polyps; or ovarian, endometrial or breast cancer.