Live Healthy: Colorectal Cancer

11:29 AM, Mar 8, 2012   |    comments
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Colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the United States, but it doesn't have to be. In fact, if everyone aged 50 years or older had regular screening tests...at least 60% of deaths from this cancer could be avoided. 

Colorectal cancer occurs in the colon or rectum 
Both men and women can get it 
It is most often found in people 50 or older 
Your risk increases with age 
You are at a higher risk if a close family member has had colorectal cancer

Screening Saves Lives!
In most cases, colorectal cancer develops from precancerous polyps. Screening tests can find these abnormal growths, so they can be removed before they turn into cancer. Screening can also find colorectal cancer early, when treatment works best. 

Dr. Ferrer is based in the Metro Health Professional Building next to the hospital and also sees patients at Metro Health Rockford. You can reach him at 252-5775.

 

 

 

 

 

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