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March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
Date:3/22/2013

fecal occult blood test (FOBT) and the fecal immunochemical test (FIT) are additional options used to detect tiny amounts of blood in feces, which can be a sign of cancer. These are non-invasive colorectal screening tests, but they are less specific, and only detect about half of all cancers and ten percent of precancerous polyps.

3) Learn your family history. If you have a family history of colorectal cancer, you face a ten to 15 percent chance of developing the disease compared with a lifetime risk of about five percent for the general population. Likewise, the risk jumps to more than 50 percent in people diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis or Chron’s disease), and those whose family members have specific genetic mutations. Smokers, people with, type-2 diabetes, heavy alcohol users, and those who are obese or sedentary may also face increased risk. “People with risk factors should talk to their doctor about starting screening before their 50th birthday,” says Dr. Falkowski.

Olga Falkowski, M.D. is board-certified in anatomic and clinical pathology by the American Board of Pathology, and serves as the Medical Director and Director of Molecular Genetics at Acupath Laboratories, Inc.

Acupath Laboratories, Inc. is a Plainview, New York, specialty medical lab engaged in cutting-edge diagnostics. http://www.acupath.com

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