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  • Writer's pictureBrian Dooreck MD

Prevention, Detection, and Treatment of Colorectal Cancer

Updated: Jul 24, 2023

Why all the new news?

We have been seeing it in the media. Reading the posts. The articles. As a gastroenterologist in clinical practice—seeing it firsthand.

"I hope to add real value to social media and share what my patients ask me about." — Dr. Dooreck

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This past month alone, I have treated a 30-year-old woman with a remote (not first-degree) family history who presented with vague abdominal pain. She had right-sided colon cancer. And there was a 36-year-old father of two young children with metastatic (spreading to the liver) rectal cancer who had rectal bleeding from "hemorrhoids" and weight loss for six months. Neither was addressed early enough.

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month 💙

What Is Cancer?

Cancer starts when cells in the body begin to grow out of control, and often they spread to other areas of the body.

What Is Colorectal Cancer?

"Colorectal cancer is cancer that starts in the colon or the rectum. These cancers can also be named colon cancer or rectal cancer, depending on where they start. Colon and rectal cancers are often grouped because they have many features in common."

You can also read more on the American Cancer Society website.

A screening colonoscopy finds precancerous polyps (abnormal growths) so they can be removed before becoming cancer.

Look at this informational video from the American Cancer Society on Colon Cancer.

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of cancer death, claiming the lives of more than 50,000 people every year.

However, about one-third of adults aged 50 or older (about 22 million people)—the age group at greatest risk of developing colorectal cancer—have not been screened as recommended.

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month 💙

In March, you will see much more about colorectal cancer in the media and from me. President Bill Clinton dedicated March to National Colon Cancer Awareness Month in 2000.

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month 💙

Never Too Young

Cancer doesn’t care how old you are; colorectal cancer awareness is no longer just for people over 50.

Here is a great campaign to educate you.

Colorectal Cancer Screening Guidelines

In their 2018 guidelines, the American Cancer Society recommends that average-risk adults aged 45 years and older undergo regular colorectal cancer screenings.

And you’ll find in the CDC’s Screen for Life: National Colorectal Cancer Action Campaign that "if you’re 50 to 75 years old, get screened for colorectal cancer regularly. If you’re younger than 50 and think you may be at high risk of getting colorectal cancer or older than 75, ask your doctor if you should be screened."

Fact: More than 27,000 People under age 50 will be diagnosed with colorectal Cancer in 2030.

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Que es el cancer?

El cancer comienza cuando las celulas del cuerpo crecen descontroladamente y se extienden por todas las areas del cuerpo.

Que es el cancer Colorectal?

El cancer colonrectal es un cancer que empieza en el colon y en el rectum conocido como cancer de colon o cancer rectal dependiendo en donde comienze.

Una colonscopia puede examinar y prevenir el cancer colonrectal este examen puede encontrar abnormalidades.

Marzo es el mes del cancer Colonrectal.

El cancer colonrectal es el tercero cancer mas comun en los Estados Unidos y el segundo en causa de muertes de cancer llevando las vidas de 50,000 de perosnas cada año.

Mas de 27,000 personas debajo de la edad de 50 van a ser diagnosticadas con cancer colonrectal en el 2030.


There is no magic formula for long-term, sustainable weight loss.

Balance. Portion control. Keep nutrition simple. Eat Smart. Eat Healthy. 🌱 🌾 🌿


I eat a high-fiber, mostly plant-based 🌱 diet, no red meat, drink 4 liters of water a day, exercise, and am focused on keeping nutrition simple. I am sharing what works for me and what I routinely recommend to my patients.

"Balance. Portion control. Keep nutrition simple. Eat Smart. Eat Healthy. 🌱 🌾 🌿"

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