Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. with nearly 150,000 cases diagnosed each year. All told, around five percent of American men and women will experience colon or rectal cancer in the course of their lifetime of whom 30 percent will die as a result of the disease.Early diagnosis is key to treatment success. Despite this commonly known fact, people will resist getting a colorectal exam because they don’t believe themselves to be at risk.To those in doubt about the importance of routine screening, consider the following 11 factors associated with an increased risk of colon cancer:
1. Age and Aging
Age is the number one risk factor for colon cancer with 81 percent of cases occurring in people over the age of 45. Of these, more than 65 percent of cancer will be in persons between the ages of 65 and 84.