Over the last 20 years the number of deaths for Colon Cancer, in America, has been steadily declining. The number of newly diagnosed cases has also decreased. Both numbers are likely dropping due to increasing awareness and the establishment of routine colonoscopies. In addition, lifestyle and diet changes in America are reducing peoples risk.
March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month, and the physicians of Southern California Medical Gastroenterology Group urge you to assess your risk, speak to your doctor, and be screened.
Risk factors for Colon Cancer:
- Age, since the disease is more likely to occur as people get older.
- Personal or family history.
- A history of ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease
- Diet, especially with high consumption of red and processed meats and low consumption of whole grains, fruits and vegetables.
- A sedentary lifestyle.