What is Colorectal Cancer?
The colon and rectum are part of the digestive tract and together
make up the large intestine. Colorectal Cancer (cancer of the Colon
or Rectum) begins as a small growth in the lining of the colon or
rectum. These grape-like growths may eventually form malignant, or
cancerous, tumors. It is not known exactly what causes Colorectal
Cancer, but there are certain risk factors that increase one's
probability of developing it.
The Second Leading Cancer Killer
Colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the U.S.
But if everyone 50 or older had regular screening tests, at least
one third of deaths from this cancer could be avoided.
Who Gets Colorectal Cancer?
Colorectal cancer occurs most often in people age 50 and older. The
risk increases with age. Both men and women can get colorectal
Are You at High Risk?
Your risk for colorectal cancer may be higher than average if you or
a close relative have had colorectal polyps or cancer or if you have
inflammatory bowel disease. Speak with your doctor about having
earlier or more frequent tests if you think you're at high risk for
We invite you to explore this section to
learn more about colon
cancer, its prevention, screening, and research developments.
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