Research has shown that people with certain risk factors are more likely than others to develop colon and rectal (colorectal) cancer. While some factors like diet and lifestyle choices can be controlled, others, such as age and family history, can’t. Regardless, it’s important to understand the various factors that can increase your risk for colorectal cancer.
Colorectal cancer cases are rising in young adults. Learn about why it's more common in younger people and how to detect colon and rectal cancer early in our blog.
Having one or more risk factors does not mean that you will definitely develop colon or rectal cancer. Likewise, not having risk factors does not mean you will not get it. Our blog explains who is at risk of developing colorectal cancer.
If you think you may be at risk or if you are experiencing symptoms of colorectal cancer, talk with your primary doctor. They can help you determine when you should begin annual screening and which test is best for you based on your risk factors or determine if your symptoms are signs of cancer or another health condition. If there are no known risk factors, begin regular screening for colon cancer by age 45.
If you have been newly diagnosed with colorectal cancer, request an appointment with the colorectal cancer doctors at Compass Oncology in the Portland-Vancouver area. They are available to answer any questions about your diagnosis as well as create a personalized colorectal cancer treatment plan based on your condition.