Colorectal Cancer Care

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Colorectal Cancer 101

Colorectal cancer is very beatable. When it’s found and removed early, the likelihood of a full recovery is excellent. However, this cancer is very common.

Excluding skin cancer, colorectal cancer is the third-most common cancer in the U.S. The key to preventing, treating and beating colorectal cancer is regular screenings, starting at age 45.

Colonoscopies Save Lives

Colorectal cancer is unusually common in our area. Butte County has the fourth-highest rate of colon cancer in the state. If you or your loved ones are affected, the trusted caregivers at Enloe, like gastroenterologist Peter Bangsund, M.D., are here.

Are You at Risk?

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month — and it’s a big deal. Just look at the stats:

  • Excluding skin cancer, colorectal cancer is the third-most common cancer in both men and women in the U.S.
  • This type of cancer results in the third-most cancer-related deaths.
  • For men, the lifetime risk of developing colorectal cancer is about 1 in 23. For women it’s 1 in 25.

The number of deaths due to colorectal cancer has dropped. However, figures have increased among people younger than age 55 in recent years.
Source: American Cancer Society

Lower Your Risk

Colorectal cancer is very preventable, treatable and beatable. When it’s found and removed early, your likelihood of a full recovery is excellent. To lower your risk:

  • Avoid tobacco use.
  • Eat a low-fat, high-fiber diet.
  • Exercise at least three days a week for at least 20 minutes.
  • Get regular colorectal cancer screenings starting at age 45.
  • If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation.

Talk to Your Provider

Colorectal cancer rarely causes symptoms in its early stages and often develops over years. You should get a colonoscopy, or another type of screening, even if you’re younger than 45 and have a personal or family history of:

  • Colorectal cancer or polyps
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Or ovarian, endometrial, or breast cancer

Talk to your provider about colon cancer screening. He or she can refer you to one of Enloe’s specialty clinics (Colorectal and General Surgery or Digestive Health) for a colonoscopy. You’ll be in good hands.

Enloe shines among colon cancer treatment centers. It was recently named a top performer in colon cancer surgery by U.S. News & World Report, and Healthgrades recognized Enloe as one of America’s 100 Best for Gastrointestinal Care.

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