Dr. Sullivan’s Corner
So You Don't Want A Colonoscopy
According to National Cancer Institute, the estimated new cases and deaths from colon and rectal cancer in the United States in 2011 are:
New cases: 101,340 (colon); 39,870 (rectal)
Deaths: 49,380 (colon and rectal combined)
Certain factors increase a person's risk of developing the disease. These include:
Age: The risk of developing colorectal cancer increases with age. Most cases occur in the 60s and 70s, while cases before age 50 are uncommon unless a family h...