(WENY) — Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer related deaths. It stems from polyps that develop which can be detected by a colonoscopy. Colon cancer risk typically increases with age but recently studies show more younger people ae developing the disease.
“Colon cancer the risk increases with age but the most recent guidelines changed screening colonoscopy’s to forty five because there seems to be a rising number of younger patients with colon cancer.” says Cayuga Health general surgeon Micah katz
It’s important to take the necessary healthy practices to avoid the risk of getting the disease
“Just general things like keeping an active lifestyle, good weight maintenance, the things you commonly know about like smoking sensation there’s some evidence of increased risk of meats and smoked meats.”
Dr. Katz says the biggest measure you can take is to gets screenings regularly.
“The biggest advice I have for patients is to choose a method for colon cancer screening that can decrease your risk of colon cancer related death by up to sixty percent by either preventing colon cancer by removing polyps or finding it earlier when colon cancer is more treatable.”
As far as treatment Dr. Katz tells me often early colon cancer can be treated with surgery alone. As far as treatment Dr. Katz tells me often early colon cancer can be treated with surgery alone.
If the cancer is advanced or there is evidence of spread then chemotherapy is recommended and up to 60% of colon cancer can be prevented by screening.