What You Should Know About Colorectal Cancer
Article date: February 28, 2011
Colon cancer is the 3rd most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the US, and the 3rd leading cause of cancer death in men and women. But what many people don't know is that it's largely preventable. You can significantly reduce your risk with regular screening, and by watching your weight and being physically active.
Prevention and Early Detection
Regular screening is the best way to find colon cancer early. Some screening tests may even be able to prevent colon cancer entirely, by finding certain changes in the colon and rectum before they have a chance to become cancer. Don't let these 5 common myths stop you from getting the lifesaving tests you need, when you need them. Learn more about the different tests and which one may be right for you. There are also everyday steps you can take to help lower your risk. Learn more about how weight, diet and exercise affect your risk of colorectal cancer.
Coping with Treatment
Treatments for colorectal cancer can include surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, and targeted therapies – or a combination of these. You can read about each of these in our Colorectal Cancer Detailed Guide and the other information in our comprehensive section on colorectal cancer. You can also print out this list of questions to ask your doctor or learn more about possible treatments with our treatment decision tool.
Connect with people who have beaten this disease through our Cancer Survivors Network, a vibrant online community of survivors, caregivers, family members, and friends coping with cancer. You can also read the inspiring stories of other women and men who are in the fight against colon cancer.
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