Colon cancer is the third most common cancer among both women and men. Also referred to as colorectal cancer, colon cancer is easily detected with a colonoscopy, or recommended cancer screening.
While not fully understood, colon cancer causes range from age and race to lifestyle choices. If you are concerned about your risk of colon cancer, a doctor at Dignity Health Central Coast can let you know colon cancer survival rates and prevention techniques for your peace of mind.
If you notice symptoms of colon cancer, including abdominal cramping or pain, tiredness or weakness, or changes in bowel habits, it’s time to schedule a visit with one of our trusted experts.
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Understanding What Causes Colon Cancer at Dignity Health Central Coast
Colon cancer can affect anyone. Though, there are certain risk factors that may increase your chances of developing colon cancer.
Colon cancer risk factors include:
- Age – most (90 percent) colon cancers occur in people age 50 and older
- Genetics caused by mutations in genes and genetic syndromes
- African-American race
- Personal or family history of colorectal polyps or cancer
- Type 2 diabetes
- History of inflammatory bowel disease, including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis
At Dignity Health Central Coast, we want you to live a full and active life. You can help prevent colon cancer with the lifestyle choices you make. Get regular exercise, stop smoking, don’t drink alcohol, and eat healthy foods to reduce your risk factors for colon cancer.
In the case of a colon cancer diagnosis, we offer an array of treatment options. Catching colon cancer in an early stage is the key to successful treatment.
Know the symptoms of colon cancer and talk to a Dignity Health Central Coast cancer doctor about prevention today.
For compassionate care for colon cancer on California’s Central Coast, you can depend on Dignity Health’s oncology services.