Colorectal cancer is the third commonest cancer in the world. It is commoner in males than females. 90% of patients with colorectal cancer are more than 50 years while just 5% of the patients are below the age of 40 years. About 700,000 people worldwide died of colorectal cancer in 2012.
Symptoms of colorectal cancer include the following: bleeding from anus, diarrhea, constipation, mucoid discharge, abdominal discomfort (pain, fullness cramp), bloating, weight loss, anorexia, tiredness, vomiting and feeling of incomplete evacuation after defecating.
Signs of colorectal cancer include: pallor, hepatomegaly (liver enlargement), ascites and cachexia.
RISK FACTORS FOR DEVELOPING COLORECTAL CANCER
- Male gender
- Positive family history of colorectal cancer
- Low folate consumption: Eating less of vegetables and fruits INCREASE your risk of developing colorectal cancer. Therefore, eating more of fruits and vegetables PREVENT you from having the disease.
- Consumption of processed meat
- Excessive alcohol intake
- Personal history of colorectal, ovarian and breast cancer
- Ulcerative colitis
- Crohn’s disease of the colon
Your doctor may request for the following investigations:
- Stool microscopy
- Plain x-ray of the abdomen
- Double contrast barium enema
- Other investigations include: Full blood count, blood urea level, electrolyte, Liver function test, CT scan of the abdomen.
Treatment options include:
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