Colon Cancer : A Out Of Control `` Growth Of Abnormal Cells As Defined By The American Cancer Society

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Carmen Tetter
Cynthia Nivens
OST 243
November 3, 2014
Colon Cancer Cancer is an “out-of-control” growth of abnormal cells as defined by the American Cancer Society. Colon cancer is cancer of the large intestine or colon, which is part of the lower digestive system. Colorectal cancer involves cancer of the rectum. Colon cancer is preventable and treatable if detected early by proper screening. Colon cancer is the 3rd most common cancer diagnosed in men and women in the United States. The American Cancer Society estimates the number of new diagnoses of colon cancer to be around 97,000 in 2014 (Colorectal Cancer). There is an increase of diagnosed cases for people under 50. Statistics from the American Cancer Society reveal that 1 in 20 people will be diagnosed with colon cancer in 2014. Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death. Ninety percent of people who are diagnosed with colon cancer are over the age of 50. According to the American Cancer Society, the average age of diagnosis is 72. Other risk factors include those who are African American or of European descent. People who eat a lot of red meat. People who have had colorectal polys, Crohns disease, or ulcerative colitis. People who have family history or a personal history of breast cancer are also at risk. Age is also another major factor in developing colon cancer. People who smoke or are obese are also at a higher risk for developing colon cancer. An inclusive study found on the American Society…

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