Sunday, February 12, 2012

How to Limit Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer is a tale of two age groups. Among people older than 50, rates of this disease have been falling. Credit increased screening, which can prevent some cases by finding precancerous growths. However, among those younger than 50 — who aren’t routinely screened — a study found that colorectal cancer rates have risen since the early 1990s.

What’s to blame? If you’re a young adult, choosing a healthy diet and managing your weight may help. If you’re in the 50-plus group, the same tactics complement regular screening.

Starting at age 50, it’s crucial to get screened periodically for this disease. Screening helps detect cancer early, when it’s easier to treat. Some tests also help find precancerous growths, called
polyps, so they can be removed before they turn into cancer. There are several types of screenings for colorectal cancer. Your doctor can help you choose the best screening method for you.

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