Found in its earliest stages, colon cancer has a 90% survival rate.  Know the signs and symptoms and get tested!

Colorectal cancer is a cancer that starts in the colon or the rectum.  Before cancer develops, a growth of tissue or tumor usually beins as a noncancerous polpy on the inner lining of the colon or rectum.  Excluding skin cancer, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the U.S. and it is also Screening can help detect cancers or polpys early

Signs and Symptoms

  • Change in bowel habits, including new and persistant loose stools, new and unusual constipation, unvomfrtable bowel movements, pencil thin stools, stools that appear more narrow than usual, and the feeling of not completely emtpying the bowel
  • New abdominal discomfort such as gas, pain, bloating, cramping, or fullness
  • Bleeding (brigth red or very hard blood in the stools)
  • Constant fatigue
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Unexplained iron deficiency
  • Unexplained anemia
  • And the cost common symptom, NO SYMPTOM AT ALL

Risk Factors

  • Age - risk increases after age 50
  • Personal and familial history of colorectal polyps or colorectal cancer
  • Personal history of IBS
  • Race and ethnicity
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Diet - increased risk for those with diets high in red meat and processed meats.  Diet high in fruit, vegetables, and whole grains may decrease risk.
  • Physical inactivity
  • Smoking
  • Heavy alcohol use

Get Screened!  For more information regarding risk factors, signs and symptoms, and screening methods, visit http://www.cancer.org/cancer/colonandrectumcancer/