Citizens' Good Health Series discusses colorectal cancer

March 3, 2012 at midnight
Updated March 2, 2012 at 9:03 p.m.

Perhaps the closest cure to cancer is not so much a cure as it is a preventive measure.

Education has shaped the way most people view and handle cancers - this is no different for colorectal cancer.

Dr. Loren Owensby, a long-time Victoria gastroenterologist, is leading a HealthWISE Good Health series discussion on the once taboo subject at Citizens Medical Center on Tuesday.

Fact: Improved screening and early detection has slowly lowered colon cancer deaths since the mid-1980s.

Colon cancer equally affects men and women, with African Americans having the highest risk. At least 90 percent of the diagnosed are older than 50.

Every year, more than 112,000 cases of colon cancer and 41,000 cases of rectal cancer are diagnosed in the United States.

The incidence for colon cancer increases through family history of the cancer, smoking, high diets in animal fats, obesity and genetic abnormalities.

All this and more will be discussed by Owensby, and free fecal screening kits will be provided.



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