Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common type of cancer in the United States (third most common if you exclude skin cancers). Colorectal cancer affects the lower digestive tract, including the colon and rectum. Each year in the United States, there are approximately 95,000 new cases of colon cancer and 40,000 new cases of rectal cancer.

According to the American Cancer Society, the lifetime risk of developing colorectal cancer is about 1 in 21 for men and 1 in 23 for women. Risk factors for developing colorectal cancer include:

• Being overweight or obese
• Lack of physical activity
• A lack of dietary fiber
• A diet low in vegetables
• Smoking
• Heavy alcohol use
• Age (especially those older than 50)
• Personal history of colorectal polyps
• Personal history of inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis)
• Family history of colorectal cancer or polyps
• Ethnicity (African Americans and Ashkenazi Jews are at higher risk)
• Having type 2 diabetes

As with almost all cancers, early diagnosis improves the chances of a good outcome. The following signs and symptoms can be caused by colorectal cancer:

• Bleeding from the rectum
• Dried blood in the stool
• Abdominal/pelvic cramping
• Bloating
• Change in the frequency of bowel movements
• Change in the caliber of bowel movements

In many instances, colorectal cancer does not cause any symptoms. This is why there has been such an emphasis over the last few decades on screening colonoscopies. For most healthy adults, the first colonoscopy should occur at age 50. In those with a family history of colorectal cancer, or who have concerning symptoms, colonoscopies should begin at a younger age. The advantages of colonoscopy are that it provides a visual look at the inside of the lower digestive tract, while also allowing for removal of suspicious polyps. These polyps can then be biopsied to provide more information.

When colorectal cancer is diagnosed, the cancer is staged from I to IV depending on the characteristics of the tumor, the involvement of lymph nodes, and the extent of spread of the cancer to distant sites in the body. The conventional treatment for colorectal cancer typically includes some or all of the following:

• Surgery to remove the tumor
• Radiation therapy
• Chemotherapy

These treatments can sometimes be very effective, but other times they result in incomplete resolution of the cancer. They sometimes result in symptoms which are quite severe and life-altering, including incontinence and significant food intolerance. As with any treatment, it is important to do thorough research into the various treatment approaches before making a decision.

In integrative oncology, we add to this approach by combining the best aspects of conventional treatment with natural approaches. Before deciding on a treatment plan, we must also consider many other patient factors, including:

• Previous medical history
• Chronic medical problems, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and digestive issues
• Diet and nutritional status
• Activity level and mobility
• Environmental exposures in the home and at work
• Sources of stress
• Support system, including family and friends
• Treatment goals

Once we account for these variables, each cancer case becomes as unique as a fingerprint. In the case of colorectal cancer, we have many tools at our disposal. These tools include advanced testing as well as innovative therapies that are on the cutting edge of science. The tools chosen for each patient are chosen in a very careful and personalized manner.

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