Spotlight on Colorectal and Kidney Cancer: Know the Facts

This March we spotlight the awareness of Colorectal Cancer and Kidney Cancer.

The fight against cancer is getting stronger each day – yet according to the South Carolina Central Cancer Registry, colorectal cancer is the 4th most common cancer in South Carolina.

Research has found that about 9 out of 10 people diagnosed with colorectal cancer are at least 50 years old. Several lifestyle related factors have been linked to colorectal cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, there are links between certain types of diets, physical inactivity, obesity, smoking and heavy alcohol use.

Although there is no exact cause of most colorectal cancers, it is possible to prevent many of them. Some prevention recommendations include: screenings, genetic testing and treatment for those with a strong family history, diet, exercise, and body weight, vitamins, calcium and magnesium.

According to the American Cancer Society, kidney cancer is one of the top 10 most common cancers in both men and women. Those who are diagnosed with kidney cancer are typically over the age of 55 and very uncommon in those under age 45. Lifestyle-related factors play a role in the risk factors for kidney cancer. These include smoking, obesity, family history of kidney cancer, high blood pressure and certain medicines.

Some prevention recommendations include: physical exam, lab tests including urinalysis and complete blood count, imaging tests including CT scan, PET scan, and ultrasound to name a few.

Source: American Cancer Society, South Carolina Central Cancer Registry.

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