Land your CRUSHing blow to colorectal cancer by stepping out with cancer survivor Erin Wood and Dr. Hurwitz on Saturday, March 19, for the 2016 CRUSH Colorectal Cancer 5K & Family Fun Walk. The run and the walk begin and finish on Ninth Street in Durham. For more information or to register, visit dukeCRC.org.
Colorectal cancer, also called colon cancer or bowel cancer, includes cancerous growths in the colon, rectum and appendix. It is the third most common form of cancer and the second leading cause of cancer-related death in the Western world. Colorectal cancer causes 655,000 deaths worldwide per year. Many colorectal cancers are thought to arise from adenomatous polyps in the colon. These mushroom-like growths are usually benign, but some may develop into cancer over time. The majority of the time, the diagnosis of localized colon cancer is through colonoscopy. Therapy is usually through surgery, which in many cases is followed by chemotherapy.
Colon cancer often causes no symptoms until it has reached a relatively advanced stage. Thus, many organizations recommend periodic screening for the disease with fecal occult blood testing and colonoscopy. When symptoms do occur, they depend on the site of the lesion.
Dr. Adeyinka Laiyemo discusses the increased incidence of colorectal cancer among African-Americans and his desire to close that gap at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual 2012 meeting in Chicago. Adeyinka O. Laiyemo, MD, MPH, Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine, Howard University College of Medicine, Howard University Cancer Center.