Colorectal cancer

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Colorectal cancer

Colorectal

Colorectal cancer is the term used to refer to cancers located in the colon or rectum that together form the large intestine. Both men and women are affected by colorectal cancer, one of the most common cancers out there. The treatments and side effects of this disease can affect the quality of your life. That's why it's important to turn to doctors with this type of cancer expertise — experts who will work to help you understand the disease and the range of treatment options that are available to you. At "Cure My Cancer" the gastroenterologists and oncologists understand the nature of colorectal cancer and what you can do to cure it. Our clinic handles this disease with a dedication to thorough, personalized care, creating individualized treatment plans for the specific needs of each patient. Your care regimen is designed to help you preserve your quality of life by providing treatment options customized to the form and stage of your cancer. We take an integrative approach to patient care at "Cure My Cancer," incorporating evidence-based colorectal cancer therapies with side-effect management techniques, to treat not just the disease but the whole individual.

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Colorectal

FAQ's on Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer is cancer of the colon and rectum that begins with the development of pre-cancerous polyps from the lining of the colon and rectum.

Polyps are mushroom-like growths that form when cells lining the colon grow, divide and reproduce in an unhealthy, disorderly way. Polyps can become cancerous over time, invading the colon wall and surrounding blood vessels, and spreading to other parts of the body.

The exact causes of colorectal cancer are unknown, but the disease appears to be caused by both inherited and lifestyle factors. Lifestyle factors - such as cigarette smoking, lack of physical exercise, and obesity - may increase the risk of developing the disease. Genetic factors may determine a person's susceptibility to the disease,whereas dietary and other lifestyle factors may determine which at-risk individuals actually go on to develop the disease. Most of the time no identifiable cause is found for the development of colorectal cancer in any given individual, and it is simply due to random gentic changes that have occurred in the cells lining the colon or rectum.

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of death from cancer in the United States, and the third most common cancer overall. This year, more than 56,000 Americans will die from colorectal cancer and more than 140,000 new cases will be diagnosed. In fact, more women over the age of 75 die from colorectal cancer than from breast cancer. Eighty to 90 million Americans (approximately 25 percent of the U.S. population) are considered at risk because of age or other factors. (American Cancer Society Website)

Men and women aged 50 or older are at almost equal risk of developing colorectal cancer. Those who have a personal or family history of colorectal cancer or polyps are at higher risk of developing the disease. Anyone who has a long-term personal history of inflammatory bowel disease (Ulcerative Colitis or Crohns Disease) also is at higher risk.