In the ever-expanding body of knowledge about the risks for colon cancer, a new study published in the Journal of Oncology adds additional information. The study looked at links between Endometrial Cancer and Colorectal Cancers. The study found women who have Endometrial Cancer prior to age 50 are 4 times more likely to have a subsequent diagnosis of colon cancer; while women diagnosed after age 51 show no increased risk.
The findings point to estrogen exposure as the common link – estrogen has long been looked at in the origins of endometrial cancers and is also a leading suspect in location of colon cancers in women. Interestingly, women are far more likely than men to have right-sided colon cancers.
More study must happen before we know how the role of estrogen leads to the formation of colorectal cancers; but for now, we can use this information to focus on screenings. If you, or a woman you know, has been diagnosed with endometrial cancer prior to age 50, please consult a GI specialist at Southern California Medical Gastroenterology Group for an appointment.