Colorectal cancer has many known risk factors — some are lifestyle related and within your control, such as diet and weight. Others, such as family history and age, are beyond your control. Having one or more of these risk factors does not mean that a diagnosis of colorectal cancer is inevitable. However, colorectal cancer may not cause symptoms initially, so it’s important to understand the warning signs of this disease.
“Because colorectal cancer symptoms often do not present themselves until the disease has progressed beyond the initial stage, it’s important to be informed of your risk factors and know when you should be having regular screenings,” said Dr. Jitesh Joshi, a board-certified hematologist oncologist with Houston Methodist Cancer Center at St. John. “Detecting colon cancer early is paramount for access to treatment options that may result in a successful outcome.”
Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States. The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 140,000 people will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer this year.
Join Dr. Jitesh Joshi, board-certified hematologist oncologist, to learn more about colorectal cancer — the third leading cause of cancer death for men and women in the United States. The free event is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 28 in the main lobby at Houston Methodist St. John Hospital in Nassau Bay. Register for this event at houstonmethodist.org/events or call 281.333.8899.