What Is Colorectal Cancer?
Colorectal cancer, or colon cancer, is cancer that starts in the colon or rectum. The colon and rectum are part of the gastrointestinal system, which is responsible for digesting food and passing waste from the body. If left unchecked, colorectal cancer can grow through some or all of the layers of colon or rectal walls, which is an important indicator of the extent to which the cancer has spread.Learn more
Symptoms of Colon Cancer
Some people with colorectal cancer have no symptoms, while others do. Talk to your doctor if you experience a change in bowel habits, rectal bleeding or blood in the stool, stomach pain and cramping, fatigue and weakness, decreased appetite and weight loss, jaundice, or enlarged abdomen or feeling of discomfort in the pelvic area.Read more
Colon Cancer Treatment and Care
When colon cancer is caught in its early stages, surgery is the most effective treatment and usually provides a cure. When patients are diagnosed in more advanced stages of the disease, they will require chemotherapy in addition to surgery. Although the treatment is more complex in these stages, cures are still possible.
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What can I do to reduce my risk of colorectal cancer?
The relationship between exercise and colorectal cancer (CRC) prevention appears clear. Some people, due to unfortunate genetics, will be at high risk for CRC and their options for risk reduction are few. However, risk factors for developing CRC . . .
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With colon cancer in her family, my friend knew she was at risk. But with three young kids and a busy household to run -- and besides, she had no symptoms -- she put off a colonoscopy for a couple of years. By the time she got around to having it, the cancer had already spread to her liver . . .
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Some might think of it as a pride-swallowing, gut-flushing preparation (i.e., bowel cleansing), followed by a less-than-comfortable, scope-up-the-backside exam. Fortunately, noninvasive colonoscopy screenings are just a prescription away, so listen up you folks who've never been screened for colon cancer . . .
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