Thousands of Texans die from this totally preventable illness
March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
Texas (KIAH) — Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related death in both men and women in the United States.this American Cancer Society It is estimated that more than 50,000 people will die this year from entirely preventable diseases.
this organize The estimated number of colorectal cancers in the United States in 2023 will be:
- 106,970 new cases of colon cancer
- 46,050 new cases of rectal cancer
2022, Texas Department of Health Services An estimated 12,444 Texans have been diagnosed with colorectal cancer. An estimated 4,447 Texans died from the disease.
this speed Diagnosis rates have been steadily declining since the mid-1980s, as more people undergo screening and lifestyle changes. However, this decline was mainly seen in older adults. Since the mid-1990s, the prevalence among people under the age of 50 has increased by 1% to 2% per year.
Doctors agree that screening methods, such as colonoscopies, are good at catching potential problems before they become cancerous and cause symptoms.
“Symptoms of colon cancer include rectal bleeding and changes in bowel habits, which can last for several days. Persistent abdominal pain, unexpected or abnormal weight loss. Then another thing that could be anemia found on a random blood test,” Baylor said. Dr. Rajesh Shah, Scott & White Health.
Regardless of high-risk factors, such as a family history of colon cancer, they are encouraged to discuss with their doctor when to start colonoscopy, he said.
You can visit American Cancer Society website to learn about risk factors for colorectal cancer.
For screening tools and options, you can read about the Texas Department of Health Services.