Colon cancer can cause a person to feel tired or weak, lose weight, and have general discomfort in their digestive system and bowel movements. In the later stages of colon cancer, the cancer can spread beyond the rectum into other parts of the body. In stage III colon cancer, the lymph nodes that reside nearby are infected. In the final stage of colon cancer, stage IV, the cancer has spread to other organs, such as the liver or lungs.
- Q Why is it important that colon cancer is detected early?
- Q How does a family history of colon cancer affect routine screening?
- Q What are the chances of surviving colon and rectal cancer?
- Q What are the screening guidelines for colorectal (colon) cancer?
- Q How do other illnesses affect colon cancer?
- Q If I have a family history of colon cancer, when should I begin screening?