Thanks to improvements in prevention, early detection, and treatment, more than a million people in the US count themselves as survivors of colon or rectum cancer (also called colorectal cancer).
Whether you’re worried about developing colorectal cancer, making decisions about treatment, or trying to stay well after treatment, we can help. Find detailed information in our Detailed Guide, or get a shorter, simpler version in our Overview Guide.
Living a healthy lifestyle can help reduce your risk of colorectal cancer. But regular screening is also important. Testing can often find colon cancer early, when it’s most treatable, or sometimes even prevent it altogether.
If you are facing colorectal cancer, we can help you learn about your treatment options and possible side effects, and point you to information and services to help you get through treatment and live well afterward.
The American Cancer Society is committed to relentlessly pursuing the answers that will save lives from colon cancer. In fact, the Society has been a part of nearly every major cancer research breakthrough in recent history.
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Facing colorectal cancer? Connect with patients, survivors, and caregivers through the American Cancer Society's online community, Cancer Survivors Network.
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