- Get regular colorectal cancer screenings beginning at age 50;
- Eat a low-fat, high-fiber diet;
- Moderate your use of tobacco and alcohol;
- Exercise for at least 20 minutes three to four days each week.
High Risk Groups
Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer among men and women in the U.S. However, there are people who have a greater risk of developing the disease.
African Americans and Hispanic Americans are less likely to get screened for colorectal cancer and are also less likely to be diagnosed with the disease in its early, more treatable stages.
Jews of Eastern European descent also have one of the highest colorectal cancer risks of any ethnic group in the world. Several gene mutations leading to an increased risk of colorectal cancer have been found in this group.
Other high-risk groups include people over 50, and those with inflammatory bowel disease.
Talk to your doctor if you think you may be at an increased risk for colorectal cancer.
Drexel Gastroenterology expertly treats patients with digestive health disorders. Our patients have access to Drexel Medicine's Center for Digestive Health, which has been recognized for quality and safety by the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) and provides outpatient colonoscopies in a comfortable setting.
To make an appointment with a Drexel Medicine gastroenterologist, please call 215-762-6220.
Drexel's Division of Colorectal Surgery
The Division of Colorectal Surgery in the Department of Surgery provides expert, compassionate and technologically advanced care to patients with diseases of the intestines and anorectum. The medical staff is dedicated to working with patients to ensure they achieve complete satisfaction with their care. They believe in the importance of education so our patients and physicians can make informed decisions together.