Our Approach to Colorectal Cancer Care
Colorectal cancer is cancer that occurs in the colon or rectum. Abnormal growths, or polyps, found in the colon or rectum may turn into cancer over time.
Risk factors for colorectal cancer include:
- Age - most cases occur in people age 50 and older
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Personal or family history
- Inherited syndromes, the most common being Lynch Syndrome or familial adenomatous polyposis
Lifestyle risk factors include:
- Being overweight or obese
- Physical inactivity
- Diets high in red or processed meats
- Alcohol use
Screening is very important for early detection of colorectal cancer. Current recommendations are that colorectal cancer screening begins at age 50, and may be recommended earlier for individuals who have a family history or other risk factors. Screening tests include stool tests, colonoscopy, flexible sigmoidoscopy, or virtual colonoscopy. Patients should discuss screening with their physician.
If a patient is diagnosed with colon cancer, CAMC's team of medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, surgeons and nurses work together to support patients through the process of treatment and recovery.