Colorectal Screening in Kalamazoo

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

The second deadliest cancer in the U.S., colorectal cancer is also one of the most preventable.

Dr. Brij Dewan, Division Chief of Borgess Gastroenterology and Kalamazoo Gastroenterology Hepatology, advocates screening for anyone over the age of 50. “This is one cancer, if we diagnose it early, we can make a big difference in the survival rate.”

Contact your primary care provider to schedule a screening. If you need a primary care provider, call our free referral service at (800) 828.8135.

Colorectal Cancer Risk Factors

The risk of developing colorectal cancer increases with advancing age. More than 90% of cases occur in people aged 50 or older. Other risk factors include:

  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • A personal or family history of colorectal cancer or colorectal polyps
  • Certain hereditary syndromes

Lifestyle factors that my contribute to increased risk of colorectal cancer include:

  • Lack of regular physical activity
  • Low fruit and vegetable intake
  • A low-fiber and high-fat diet
  • Overweight and obesity
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Tobacco use

Learn more about Colorectal Cancer

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