According to the American Cancer Society, almost 1,000 people will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer in West Virginia in 2019. There will also be about 145,600 new cases of colorectal cancer diagnosed and about 51,020 deaths from colorectal cancer in the United States during the year 2019. That makes colorectal cancer the third leading cancer in new cases and estimated deaths in both men and women in the US for 2019. Based on a study by American Cancer Society researchers, more than half (55%) of colorectal cancers in the US are attributable to potentially modifiable risk factors. These modifiable factors include obesity, physical inactivity, long-term smoking, high consumption of red or processed meat, low calcium intake, moderate to heavy alcohol consumption, and very low intake of fruits and vegetables and whole-grain fiber.
While there are some modifiable risks, some factors that can increase the potential for colorectal cancer include personal or family history of colorectal cancer and/or polyps (adenomatous), certain inherited genetic conditions (e.g., Lynch syndrome), a personal history of chronic inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease), and type 2 diabetes. Screening can prevent colorectal cancer through the detection and removal of precancerous growths, as well as detect cancer at an early stage, when treatment is usually less extensive and more successful.
Regular adherence to either of the two types of testing (stool or structural exams) over a lifetime of screening results in a similar reduction in premature colorectal cancer death. New guidelines from the American Cancer Society recommend that men and women at average risk for colorectal cancer begin screening at 45 years of age and continue up to age 85 depending on health status/life expectancy, with more individualized decision making from ages 76 to 85 based on patient preferences and prior screening history.
American Cancer Society
Recommended Colorectal Cancer Screening Types:
It is recommended to have one of the following screenings completed at the age of 45 for both men and women
– Guaiac-based Fecal Occult Blood Test
– Multi-target Stool DNA Test
– Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
– CT Colonography
How Our Team Treats Colon Cancer
At the Radiation Oncology Services at Charleston Area Medical Center (CAMC), we treat colon cancer painlessly and noninvasively with external beam radiation therapy (EBRT). EBRT is an effective treatment for colon cancer, working within cancer cells to limit their ability to multiply. During treatment, high-energy X-rays are delivered to the cancer with a linear accelerator (LINAC). The treatment process is painless, safe and treatments take about 10 to 15 minutes. Side effects are usually minimal, and most patients return to routine activities immediately after each treatment.
Radiation Oncology Services at CAMC’s Advantage
- Few to no side effects
- Outpatient procedure lasting 10-15 minutes daily
- Minimal to no recovery time
- Return to your normal activities following treatment
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