Colon Cancer Rates Continue to Decline : Report

Colon cancer rates continue to decline, a new report suggests. Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in both men and women in the United States.


March is a National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month that offers an opportunity to increase your knowledge about symptoms and screenings for the disease.

Colon and rectal cancer may occur together which is called colorectal cancer.  Screening can include colonoscopies, fecal tests, and other procedures.

The American Cancer Society has reported that this year Michigan will see 4,510 new cases of colorectal cancer and 1,670 deaths due to the disease.

Most colorectal cancers develop from polyps and doctors can find and remove hidden growths of the colon polyps to prevent the disease. It can appear without any symptoms.

A new report suggests that colon cancer has decreased roughly 2.7 percent every year due to the screening.

Normal risk of colorectal cancer begins after age 50. People who have a history of Crohn’s or inflammatory bowel disease or genetic markers should talk with their doctor about starting testing before age 50.

Increasing physical activity, avoiding tobacco and reducing alcohol intake can lower the risk of disease.

“Young people are not exempt from having colon cancer and so we don’t necessarily have to go and screen everybody at a younger age as of now, but we really have to pay attention to any changes in the clinical presentations of the patient so that we can act on it appropriately,” said Dr. Daisy Batista from the Mayo Clinic Health System.