Colorectal cancer annually strikes about 140,000 people and causes 60,000 deaths in the United States. Its incidence is on the rise in India. Incidence of CRC is increasing in young age especially in developing countries, which is mainly contributed by change in lifestyle and food habits.
Colorectal cancers are potentially curable if detected in its early stages. More than 90 percent of patients are over 40, In India, it is the fourth most common cause of cancer in males and third most common cause of cancer in females. The age-standardized rates of CRC in India have been estimated to be 4.2 and 3.2/100,000 for males and females, respectively, compared to 35.3 and 25.7, respectively, in the USA.
High-risk factors include personal or family history of colorectal cancer, polyps (benign growths that may become cancerous), ulcerative colitis, or cancer of other organs.
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