Colorectal cancer, which may begin in either the colon or the rectum, is the second leading cause of death from cancer in the United States. What makes this even more tragic is that colon cancer is one of the most preventable cancers.
If I only knew then what I know now, my sister Sue might still be alive. As Sue’s cancer advanced and she realized that she would not beat this, Sue - ever the big sister - focused on how to turn her personal tragedy into an opportunity to save her two sisters from a similar fate. She wanted to make sure that my sister Peggy and I (as well as other loved ones) would take steps to protect ourselves by getting screened.
Below is a list of protective factors that decrease the risk of colorectal cancer:
Below is a list of risk factors that increase the risk of colorectal cancer:
Source: National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health