Colorectal Cancer: Prevention
that develops in the (the longest part of the ) and/or the (the last several inches of the large intestine before the ).
Prevention of Colorectal Cancer
is action taken to lower the chance of getting cancer. By preventing cancer, the number of new cases of cancer in a group or population is lowered. Hopefully, this will lower the number of deaths caused by cancer.
To prevent new from starting, scientists look at risk factors and protective factors. Anything that increases your chance of developing is called a cancer risk factor; anything that decreases your chance of developing cancer is called a cancer protective factor.
Some risk factors for can be avoided, but many cannot. For example, both smoking and inheriting certain are risk factors for some types of cancer, but only smoking can be avoided. Regular and a healthy diet may be protective factors for some types of cancer. Avoiding risk factors and increasing protective factors may lower your risk, but it does not mean that you will not get cancer…