Get Educated About Colon Cancer
The death rate from colon cancer has been slowly decreasing over the past 15 years. One reason is that there are fewer cases; thanks to colon cancer screening and awareness efforts from individuals and organizations like the Colon Cancer Coalition. Regular screening can prevent a large number of colon and rectal cancers from every happening, but sadly, too many still are delaying being checked.
What is Colon Cancer?
Colon cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. But no one likes to talk about it. Understanding the disease is important for anyone who has been diagnosed with colon cancer, but it is also essential for those who are trying to prevent it.
What You Need to Know
Colon cancer is highly treatable. If it is found in its earliest stages, the 5-year survival rate is 90%.
Colon cancer starts with polyps, small growths that in time can turn cancerous. Testing can help your doctor find (and remove) these growths.
Colon Cancer Stages and Treatment
A colon cancer diagnosis can be terrifying. One of the first question that patients usually ask is “what next?” The plan for treatment depends on a number of factors. Determining the best course of action is affected by your general health, whether or not the cancer is a recurrence of a cancer that was treated in the past, and on the stage of the cancer.
To learn more about colon cancer, or to locate similar sites dedicated to offering support for individuals affected by colon cancer, explore our list of additional links.
Writer Carol Larson narrates the story of her diagnosis, treatment and recovery from colon cancer in her book When the Trip Changes, A Traveler’s Advisory to Colorectal Cancer. Read more about the book or purchase a copy online.
Download free educational materials
Get Your Rear in Gear has created a series of educational materials about colon cancer. Download these brochures to share with your family, friends, co-workers and other loved ones.
Information on these pages is provided for educational purposes only. Consult your own physician before making any medical decisions.