Colorectal cancer is the most common cancer and second leading cause of cancer deaths in Hong Kong. According to the latest statistics from Hong Kong Cancer Registry, there were 5,437 new cases of colorectal cancer in 2016, with 2,089 deaths caused by colorectal cancer. Unlike most of the high-risk cancers, colorectal cancer can be prevented by regular colorectal cancer screening. Jointly issued by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force which represents the American College of Gastroenterology, the American Gastroenterological Association and the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, colorectal cancer screening recommendations outline that people at average risk of colorectal cancer should initiate routine colorectal cancer screening from the age of 50. Early detection and removal of precancerous lesions has been proven to significantly reduce the risk of developing colorectal cancer.
For most colorectal cancers, surgical resection is the primary and most effective treatment. Below is the latest information about colorectal cancer treatment and an overview of the options, including colorectal cancer screening, diagnosis and treatment, plus FAQs.