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Below are the most commonly asked medical questions in a few seasonally-relevant topics.  We hope you find this helpful.  Please note:  to properly diagnose your medical condition, it is necessary that you consult with a physician.  If you are in need of a primary care provider, please call (812) 332-4468.  If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 9-1-1.

Colorectal Cancer Prevention

What is colorectal cancer?
A disease in which cancer cells form in the tissues of the colon or the rectum.  Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of death from cancer in the United States.

What are the risk factors of colorectal cancer?
The risk factors of colorectal cancer include being over the age of 50, having a family history of colorectal cancer, excessive alcohol consumption, smoking, and being obese.

What can I do to reduce my risk of colorectal cancer?
Regular physical activity, hormone replacement therapy, and taking one aspirin per day have been shown to decrease one’s risk of colorectal cancer. 

What is my risk of developing colorectal cancer?
The American Cancer Society estimates the risk for developing colorectal cancer in one’s lifetime is slightly more than 5%, with the vast majority occurring in individuals over 50 years of age. 

To learn more, or for a complete listing of information, please follow the link below:
http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/prevention/colorectal/Patient/page3#Keypoint12

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