About Colorectal Cancer

The second most common cancer deaths are the result of colorectal cancer.
It can be prevented, treated, and cured, before it worsens.

What is colon cancer?

Colon CancerCancer of the colon or rectum is called colorectal cancer. It develops in the digestive tract from polyps that are initially benign. If polyps grow unnoticed and are not removed, they may become cancerous. Colorectal cancer is the number 2 cancer killer in the United States, yet it is one of the most preventable types of cancer. Colorectal cancer is often curable when detected early. FOB tests that detects occult blood in stool specimen are a great aid in finding precancerous polyps so they can be removed before they turn into cancer.

Risk Factors

Colorectal cancer risk is roughly equal in men and women. The risk of colorectal cancer increases with age and is most common after age 50. You are at High Risk if you have:

  • Personal history of colorectal cancer or
    colorectal polyps
  • A strong family history of the disease
  • Inherited forms of colorectal polyps or cancer
  • Predisposing chronic digestive condition such as inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis)

The Symptoms

Colon cancer symptoms may be few or nonexistent — patients may be asymptomatic for many years — which is a primary reason why screening should begin at age 50, or earlier for those at higher risk. When symptoms do occur, they may include:

  • Change in bowel habits (frequency, quality, and consistency of stools)
  • Bloody stools or rectal bleeding
  • Stools with mucus

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