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Why You Should Be Concerned if You See Blood in Your Stool

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  • Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the U.S., affecting 1.3 million people in 2015, and it is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths
  • Some cancers have early signs, but not colorectal cancer; a common screening involves testing for nearly invisible blood in the stool to find a cancerous growth early, increasing the potential for better treatment options
  • Researchers have found trace amounts of blood in the stool increase your risk of premature death from all causes by 58 percent, which may be the result of inflammation leading to other diseases
  • Only 5 to 10 percent of cancers are related to genetics; making simple lifestyle changes with your diet and exercise, maintaining your weight and controlling belly fat may cut your risk of colorectal cancer in half

By Dr. Mercola

Colorectal cancer, which includes cancers of the colon and rectum, is the third most common cancer diagnosed in the U.S., and is the second leading cause of cancer related deaths. The condition affected 1.3 million people in 2015. Based on data from the National Cancer Institute, relative survival after five years is just over 64 percent.


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