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Colorectal (Colon) Cancer

Colorectal cancer is cancer that occurs in the colon or rectum. Sometimes it is called colon cancer, for short. As the drawing shows, the colon is the large intestine or large bowel. The rectum is the passageway that connects the colon to the anus.

   

Colorectal cancer affects both men and women of all racial and ethnic groups, and is most often found in people aged 50 years or older. For men, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer after prostate and lung cancers. For women, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer after breast and lung cancers.

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the United States, but it doesn't have to be. If everybody aged 50 or older had regular screening tests, as many as 60% of deaths from colorectal cancer could be prevented.


Colorectal cancer screening saves lives. Screening can find precancerous polyps—abnormal growths in the colon or rectum—so that they can be removed before turning into cancer. Screening also helps find colorectal cancer at an early stage, when treatment often leads to a cure.

If you are aged 50 or older, or think you may be at higher than average risk for colorectal cancer, speak with your doctor about getting screened.

Symptoms

Colorectal cancer first develops with few, if any, symptoms. However, if symptoms are present, they may include:

Blood in or on the stool
A change in bowel habits
Stools that are narrower than usual
General, unexplained stomach discomfort
Frequent gas, pains or indigestion;
Unexplained weight loss
Chronic fatigue

These symptoms can also be associated with many other health conditions. If you have any of these symptoms, discuss them with your doctor. Only your doctor can determine why you're having these symptoms.

Risk Factors

The risk of developing colorectal cancer increases with advancing age. More than 90% of cases occur in people aged 50 or older. Other risk factors include:

Inflammatory bowel disease
A personal or family history of colorectal cancer or colorectal polyps
Certain hereditary syndromes

Lifestyle factors that may contribute to increased risk of colorectal cancer include:

Lack of regular physical activity
Low fruit and vegetable intake
A low-fiber and high-fat diet
Overweight and obesity
Alcohol consumption
Tobacco use

 
 

 

 

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