Colon Cancer

Putting It All Together: Colon Cancer

Here is a summary of the important facts and information related to colorectal cancer.

  • Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S.
  • Colon cancer is most easily treated and cured when detected early, before cancer has spread.
  • Age and health history affect who is at risk for developing colon cancer.
  • Symptoms of possible colon cancer include blood in the stool or a change in bowel habits.
  • Routine screening can detect colon cancer early and prevent the development of cancer by removing polyps before they become cancerous.
  • Surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy may be used to treat colon cancer.
  • Treatment is based on many factors and is customized for each patient.
  • Patients should continue to see their doctors regularly after treatment for any signs of recurrence.
  • Support groups can help patients deal with the psychological and social stresses of living with cancer.

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