What is the chance of getting colorectal/colon cancer in america?

1 in 13!!! Colorectal cancer is the 3rd most comon ca overall in usa, but the second most deadly! colon ca rates have been falling since the widespread institution of screening and awareness of prevention by colonoscopy (thank you katie couric!). Colon ca rates are far lower in less developed nations, prob due to many factors but diet seems to be a key one. Risks are higher for certain groups, so check md.
5% Genetics plays a role as do other factors such as smoking. Smoking or having a 1st degree family member with colon cancer may double your risk to 10%.

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Colon cancer or colorectal cancer, what's the difference?

Location. Cancers that arise from the epithelium of the large intestine are similar in most ways whether they are in the colon or rectum. Discussions of "colon cancer" unspecified usually mean "colorectal" unless stated otherwise. Usage, including by me, is often sloppy. Read more...

Are colorectal cancer and colon cancer the same thing with different locations?

Can be. Colon cancer and colon-rectal cancer are usually an adenocarcinoma, requiring surgery and sometimes chemotherapy. Colon cancer would occur somewhere in the large intestine, and rectal cancer in the lower anatomic location. Rectal cancers may be treated with chemotherapy and radiation therapy before surgery due to its location and research sowing the benefits of treatments before surgery. Read more...
Yes and no. Both are adenocarcinomas of the 'large intestine' broadly speaking. However, due to several anatomic differences, colon and rectal cancer behave differently. For that reason the preoperative staging is different and the treatment can be different (surgery +/-chemotherapy for colon cancer, surgery +/- chemoradiation therapy for rectal cancer). The functional outcomes are different as well. Read more...

I was reading something about colon cancer and colonrectal. What are the two different from one another and should ur diet be more fibor?

Colon cancer. Colorectal cancer is a general term used for cancer in the large bowel- that include colon cancer and rectal cancer. Colon cancer is a cancer in the colon. I suggest you to have a well balanced diet, increase fibers intake, more vegetable and fruits, decreased processed red meat , quit smoking if you do. Keep active and regular exercise. Read more...
Fiber. Will help in general to lower risk, but genetics play a significant role. Rectal cancer occurs of course lower in the colon. Read more...

What are the chances of getting colon cancer and how did doctors get that probability?

46 cases/yr in 100K. The risk of developing cancer of the colon and rectum is low (46 cases out of 100k population per year, in the us.) this comes from large population data studies, called "seer cancer statistics review" http://seer.Cancer.Gov/statfacts/html/colorect.Html. Read more...

What are the chances of someone in their mid/late 20s to get Colon Cancer. Seems like I hear more people in their 20s than any other age range online?

Pretty unlikely. According to American Cancer Society: "Overall, 90% of new cases and 94% of deaths occur in individuals 50 and older." http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/content/@epidemiologysurveilance/documents/document/acspc-028312.pdf An Australian group puts the risk at age 30 at 1/7000. https://www.bowelcanceraustralia.org/risk-factors/age. Read more...

What is the percentage chance a 24 year old can get colon cancer I'm 6ft 220 so I'm not that big?

Negligible. Unless there is family history of early age colon cancer, your chance of having colon cancer is negligible. You may consult this site for more info.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2780097/
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
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