Colon Cancer FAQs
Here are some frequently asked questions about this form of cancer:
A personal or family history of colorectal cancer or polyps increases a person’s risk of developing the disease. Men and women 50 years of age and beyond are almost equally at risk of developing colorectal cancer. A larger risk applies to anyone who has a long personal history of inflammatory bowel illness.
How common is colorectal cancer?
Currently, colorectal cancer is the third most common site of malignancy in the Philippines. From 2010 to 2015, the number of cases escalated from 5,787 to 9,625.
Colorectal cancer is the second most common cancer in the United States. More than 56,000 Americans die from colorectal cancer, with more than 140,000 new cases diagnosed. More women over 75 die from colorectal cancer than from breast cancer, and 80 to 90 million Americans are thought to be at risk due to age or other factors.
How long does colon cancer take to develop?
Once cancer has developed in the colon, its progression will vary depending on the cellular make-up of the tumor and other factors, such as the patient’s age and general health. While the majority of these polyps will not develop into cancer, some can slowly transform into cancer over the course of about 10-15 years.
Can stage 4 colon cancer be survived for 10 years?
The 5-year survival rate for colon cancer is 91% when it is discovered at a localized stage; it is 72% when it has spread to nearby tissues or organs or local lymph nodes and it is 14% when it has reached distant sections of the body. For a period of 10 years, the survival rate is 2% or less.
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