While women have a slightly higher risk for colon cancer and men have a slightly higher risk for rectal cancer, every adult is equally at risk for a form of colorectal cancer.
According to the American Cancer Society, it is estimated that 95,520 new cases of colon cancer and 39,910 cases of rectal cancer will be diagnosed this year, where an estimated 50,260 will die from the cancers.¹
These numbers can be reduced with a colonoscopy every ten years after the age of 50. If you are in a higher risk group, you may need to be screened more frequently.
Who is most at risk for colorectal cancer?
While the majority of those who contract colorectal cancer have no obvious risk factors, there are certain people who are at a higher risk. These include:
Any man or woman over 50
Anyone at any age with a close family member with colorectal cancer
Anyone with a history of prior polyps or colon cancer
Anyone with a history of inflammatory bowel disease
Women with a family history of breast, uterine or ovarian cancer
Anyone who smokes
Anyone who is significantly overweight
If you are in one of these higher risk groups, call us today to schedule your colonoscopy. Our goal is to reduce your risk of colorectal cancer with convenient and comfortable diagnostic screenings.