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How much do you know about colon cancer signs or treatments? Take our quiz to find out.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

True or false: The colon is the longest part of the large intestine.

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The correct answer is: This is true. At five feet long, the colon is the longest part of the large intestine, which is a tube-like organ connected to the small intestine at one end and the anus at the other.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

What is the colon responsible for absorbing?

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The correct answer is: The answer is both. The colon is responsible for absorbing water and salt from food matter. It also serves as a storage place for waste matter.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

What is the most common symptom of colon problems?

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The correct answer is: The most common early warning sign of colon problems is rectal bleeding. It is always abnormal and should always be checked.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

At what age should you start getting screened for colon cancer?

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The correct answer is: You should begin screening for colorectal cancer soon after your 50th birthday; however, you should be screened earlier if you have a family history of colon problems or if you have inflammatory bowel disease.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

True or false: A colonoscopy is the only screening test for colorectal cancer.

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The correct answer is: This is false. A colonoscopy is the best way to visualize the entire colon, however there are other screening options. Talk to your doctor about which tests are right for you.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

If you are in good health and your first colonoscopy screening comes back as normal, when should your next colonoscopy occur?

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The correct answer is: Your doctor will determine how often you need a colonoscopy, but most people get the test once every 10 years depending on their risk factors for colon cancer.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

What percentage of colon tumors are detected during a colonoscopy?

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The correct answer is: More than 95 percent of tumors are detected during a colonoscopy. Your doctor can perform a biopsy of suspicious regions and remove them during your colonoscopy. Most pre-cancerous polyps can be completely and safely removed during the procedure.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

True or false: Weight loss can be a symptom of colorectal cancer.

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The correct answer is: This is true. While colon cancer and colorectal polyps do not always have symptoms at first, some symptoms may include blood in or on your stool, stomach pain, aches or cramps that persist and losing weight without knowing why. If you have any of these symptoms, talk to your doctor.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

True or false: Most colon polyps are cancerous.

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The correct answer is: This statement is false. Colon polyps are growths in your large intestine. Most colon polyps are not cancer, but some growths can turn into colon cancer. If a colon polyp is the kind that can turn into cancer, it usually takes many years for that to happen.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

There are two common typs of colon polyps: hyperplastic polyp and adenomatous (adenoma) polyp. Which one is thought to be the origin of almost all colon cancers?

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The correct answer is: The adenoma polyp is considered the precursor for almost all colon cancers, although most adenomas never become cancers. The hyperplastic polyp is typically not at risk for cancer.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

Some of the largest adenoma polyps can already contain cancer. What is considered a large adenomatous polyp?

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The correct answer is: Some of the largest adenomatous polyps can be larger than 1 centimeter and can already contain small areas of cancer. Because your doctor cannot usually be certain of the tissue type by the polyp's appearance, he or she will generally recommend removing all polyps found during a colonoscopy.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

What is the biggest risk factor for developing colon polyps?

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The correct answer is: The biggest risk factor for developing colon polyps is being older than 50.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

True or false: Colorectal cancer affects men more than women.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Everyone is at some risk for colorectal cancer because it affects men and women equally. In early stages of colorectal cancer there are often no symptoms, so regular screening is important.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

True or false: Colorectal cancer begins in the rectum.

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The correct answer is: This is false. "Colorectal" refers to the colon and rectum, which together make up the large intestine. Colorectal cancer can begin anywhere in the large intestine.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

What decreases your risk of colon cancer?

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The correct answer is: All of the above may decrease your chances of colon cancer. Additionally, taking a daily multivitamin that contains vitamin B6, calcium, magnesium and folate, taking a daily vitamin D supplement and exercising 30 minutes each day can also decrease your risk of colon cancer.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

Which lifestyle change reduces your risk of colon cancer by one-third?

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The correct answer is: As many as 30 to 40 percent of colon cancer cases in the U.S. can be prevented through physical activity. Maintaining a healthy weight can help, too.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

True or false: Height can determine your risk of colon cancer.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Being taller than 5 feet 7 inches can put you at an increased risk of colon cancer. Additionally, drinking three or more alcoholic beverages a day, smoking and being obese can also increase your risk of colon cancer.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

True or false: There is a correlation between eating red meat and colon cancer.

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The correct answer is: This statement is true. Two major studies, each with more than 500,000 participants, have found a direct correlation between eating red meat and colorectal cancer.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

How is colorectal cancer usually treated?

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The correct answer is: Colorectal cancer is usually treated with surgery first, depending on the cancer's stage and whether it has affected the lymph nodes. Chemotherapy often follows surgery to keep the cancer from coming back. Radiation therapy may be used in conjunction with chemotherapy to keep the cancer from returning.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

What's the survival rate of colon cancer?

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The correct answer is: If found early, colon cancer has a survival rate of more than 90 percent over a five-year period.

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