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Colorectal Cancer FAQs

Cancer is a complex subject, so we have prepared an FAQ sheet to help people in Phoenix seeking colorectal cancer treatment. Be sure to check out our patient education materials for much more information on cancer, cancer treatment, and much more.

Colorectal Cancer Frequently Asked Questions

How common is colorectal cancer?

Colorectal cancer is actually the third most common type of cancer in men and women; more than 100,000 people are diagnosed with it each year.

What are the risk factors associated with colorectal cancer?

  • There are many risk factors identified with colorectal cancer, including:
  • Age – 90% of colorectal cancer diagnoses are in patients over 50.
  • Diets low in fruits and vegetables
  • Diets high in red meat
  • Obesity
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Excessive drinking
  • Excessive smoking
  • A history of Crohn’s Disease or ulcerative colitis
  • A history of colorectal cancer or colon polyps

Is there a connection between food intolerance, including lactose intolerance, and a person’s risk for colorectal cancer?

At this time there is very little hard data suggesting a connection between lactose intolerance and a person’s risk for colorectal cancer. That said, new literature suggests that the gut’s microflora may play a role in colorectal health and that probiotic therapy is healthy.

Is irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) a risk factor?

Although IBS is associated with abdominal cramping, pain, diarrhea, and other functional gut problems, there is no link between IBS and a person’s risk for colorectal cancer.

Is colorectal cancer treated only with surgery?

Surgery is certainly a common approach to colorectal cancer treatment but it is not the only one. Radiation therapy and other treatment options may be considered.

What affects the use of radiation therapy as a colorectal cancer treatment?

There are many factors that doctors consider when determining whether or not radiation therapy is recommended for a particular patient’s treatment. These factors include the size and location of the tumor and the general health of the patient.

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