Every year, approximately 62,000 people in Germany develop colorectal cancer. However, this has a cure rate of up to 90 percent in the early stages. More than with other cancers, errors in diet are considered to be the cause: too much fat and meat, too few vegetables.
A familial predisposition is found in about 10 percent of patients. It often becomes noticeable at an early stage through the pathological formation of intestinal polyps (protrusions of the intestinal mucosa). Chronic inflammatory bowel diseases such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease increase the risk of colorectal cancer.