Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States, when considering cancers, which affect both men and women. The risk of developing colorectal cancer increases with advancing age. More than 90% of cases occur in people aged 50 or older. According to the Centers for Disease Control, if everyone aged 50 years old or older were screened regularly, as many as 60% of deaths from colorectal cancer could be avoided. Screening can detect colorectal cancer early when treatment works best, or find precancerous polyps (abnormal growths) in the colon or rectum, which can be removed before they turn into cancer. Some studies show that increased physical activity and maintaining a healthy weight may decrease the risk for colorectal cancer. Researchers are examining the role of certain supplements, such as calcium, vitamin D, and selenium, in preventing colorectal cancer.
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