What exactly is colorectal cancer?

March is Colorectal Cancer Education and Awareness Month

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14/03/23 | StarsInsider

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According to the Colorectal Cancer Alliance, colorectal cancer is the fourth most commonly diagnosed cancer in the US. It's also the second leading cause of cancer death in the country. Furthermore, it's estimated that over 150,000 people are diagnosed annually. Of these, over 52,000 will succumb to the disease.

If caught early enough at the localized stage, the five-year survival rate for this type of cancer is 90%. Symptoms aren't always apparent though, so it's vital to undergo early screening to detect its presence. But what exactly is colorectal cancer, how does it develop, and are there precautions you can take to lower the risk factors?

Click through and find out more about this disease and the parts of the body it affects.

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