Colorectal cancer, also called colon cancer, is largely preventable. Regular screening can save your life. Be proactive and be aware. Know what to look for and what you need to do today to take control of your health.
What is it?
Colon cancer is cancer of the colon (large intestine) or rectum. It occurs when polyps, or growths, form in these areas and turn into cancer.
Know the facts
Colon cancer is up to 90% beatable when caught early. Did you know that colon cancer affects both men and women equally? It does. And 90% of new cases occur in people 50 years of age or older. It’s also the second leading cause of cancer-related death in the U.S.
Learn the symptoms
Symptoms may not always be present. If they are, they may include:
- Finding blood in your stool
- Continuous stomach pain or cramps
- Unexplained weight loss
Talk to your doctor right away if you have any of these symptoms.
A family history of colon cancer determines the type of screening you get. Your own health history, risk factors and age play a role as well. Screening types include a colonoscopy, stool DNA test and more. Your doctor can advise you on the best option.
- American Cancer Society
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Colon Cancer Alliance