Colon/Rectum Cancer

Colon Cancer Cases Rising Among Young Adults

Thanks in part to improvements in screening, the rates of new colon and rectal cancer diagnoses have been falling in the United States for people ages 50 and older. But for people under 50, for whom routine screening is not recommended, rates seem to be increasing significantly.

Achieving 80% by 2018 Screening Goal Could Prevent 200,000 Colon Cancer Deaths in Less Than 2 Decades

Increasing screening rates to 80% by 2018 would prevent 277,000 new cases of colon cancer and 203,000 deaths within 20 years, according to a new study.

Signs and Symptoms of Colon Cancer

Ideally, people are tested for colon cancer before they ever experience symptoms. Symptoms usually only appear after the cancer has grown or spread.

What’s New in Colon Cancer Testing?

No one looks forward to a colonoscopy, or the bowel prep that goes with it. But colon screening – testing to look for cancer before symptoms start – helps saves lives.

Six Ways to Lower Your Risk for Colon Cancer

There is no sure way to prevent developing colon cancer, but there are things you can do that may lower your risk. Learn more about protecting your colon health here.

Study: Following American Cancer Society Guidelines Works

A study of nearly a half-million people has found that sticking to the American Cancer Society’s healthy behavior guidelines is linked with a lower risk of getting cancer, dying from cancer, and dying overall.

Stool DNA Testing for Colon Cancer

A new type of non-invasive test to check for colon cancer is available now, and may appeal to people who want to be screened, but don’t want to undergo the usual preparation required for a colonoscopy and some other screening tests.

Half of Premature Colon Cancer Deaths Linked to Disparities

American Cancer Society researchers have found that half of all premature colon cancer deaths in the U.S. are linked to racial, socioeconomic, and geographic inequalities.

Study Shows Flexible Sigmoidoscopy Effective for Colon Cancer Screening

A team of researchers led by doctors in Norway has found that screening with flexible sigmoidoscopy, one of the colon screening tests recommended by the American Cancer Society, reduced the rates of colon cancer diagnoses and deaths compared to no screening.

Report: Number of Cancer Survivors Continues to Grow

A new report by the American Cancer Society – in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute – estimates there are almost 14.5 million cancer survivors alive in the US today, and that number will grow to almost 19 million by 2024.

Why We Screen for Some Cancers and Not Others

Screening means having a test that looks for cancer or another disease in people who don’t have any symptoms.

Volunteers: Motivated to Help Others

Many cancer survivors are moved by their own experience to help others facing diagnosis and treatment. Find inspiration and hope in these stories of volunteers who are making a difference in the fight against cancer.

Experimental Colon Cancer Tests Pass FDA Panel Review

A committee of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has decided the benefits outweigh the risks of 2 experimental tests that look for certain DNA changes (mutations) in cells that can cause colon cancer.

Organizations Commit to Goal of 80% Colon Cancer Testing Rate by 2018

Health-related organizations commit to increase the nation’s colon cancer testing rate to 80% by the year 2018 to help reduce colon cancer incidence and death rates. Learn more here.

Report: More Colon Testing Leads to 30% Drop in Cancer Rates

The rate at which people are diagnosed with colon cancer in the US has dropped 30% in the last 10 years due to more people getting recommended screening tests. Learn more here.

Details of Preparing for a Colon Screening Test

The idea of testing and preparation is unpleasant for many people and may discourage them from getting recommended life saving tests. Learn more about preparing for a colon screening test here.

White House Recognizes Colon Cancer Awareness Month

The White House has issued a proclamation signed by President Barack Obama recognizing March 2014 as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. The proclamation encourages Americans to discuss colon cancer with their doctors and get recommended screening tests.

FDA Clears Camera-in-a-Pill for People Who Could Not Complete Colonoscopy

A pill that can take pictures of the inside of the colon is now available for people who have not been able to complete a colonoscopy.

Annual Report: Cancer Death Rates in the US Continue to Decline

The rate of death from cancer in the United States continues to decline among both men and women, among all major racial and ethnic groups, and for the most common types of cancer.

About a Third of US Adults Not Getting Colon Cancer Screenings

About one-third of US adults who should be getting screened for colon cancer aren’t getting screened, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Colon Cancer Researcher Wins Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences

Recently, a researcher who made many of the groundbreaking discoveries that led to current colon cancer screening guidelines was honored by a new prestigious award.

Colon Cancer Prevention and Early Detection: What You Need to Know

Over the past few decades, more people have been surviving colon cancer, and fewer people have been dying from it.

Studies Show Effectiveness of Colon Screenings with Easier Preparation

Two recent studies found colon screenings that require a less intensive preparation than a colonoscopy are useful in finding pre-cancerous polyps, or growths.

New Report Tracks Growing Population of Cancer Survivors in the US

A first-ever report by the American Cancer Society and National Cancer Institute estimates there are 13.7 million cancer survivors alive in the US today, and that number will grow to almost 18 million by 2022.

Some Smokers Diagnosed with Cancer Don’t Quit

For many smokers, a cancer diagnosis motivates them to quit. But researchers report that a “substantial minority” of lung and colon cancer patients are still smoking 5 months after their diagnosis.

Removing Polyps Prevents Colon and Rectal Cancer Deaths

A new study shows that removing polyps found during colonoscopies prevents deaths from colon and rectal cancer.

Limit Alcohol to Lower Cancer Risk

Having one drink at a party isn’t likely to cause you much harm. But routinely having more than 1 or 2 drinks per day could raise your cancer risk.

New Report: Screening Would Prevent Deaths from Colon Cancer

If more Americans were properly screened for colorectal cancer, it would significantly reduce the proportion of people who get the disease as well as the rate of deaths, according to a new report by the American Cancer Society.

Low-Dose Aspirin May Lower Colon Cancer Risk

Daily use of low-dose aspirin can lower the risk of developing colon cancer and the risk of dying from it, according to a new long-term study. But that doesn't mean people should start taking aspirin just to prevent colon cancer.

Long-Term Smoking Increases Colorectal Cancer Risk, Study Shows

Long-term cigarette smoking is associated with a higher risk of colorectal cancer, even after accounting for known risk factors such as race, body mass index, and a family history of the disease, according to a new study by American Cancer Society (ACS) researchers published today in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, and Prevention.

Does Aspirin Help Treat Colorectal Cancer?

Taking aspirin regularly may help treat colorectal cancer in some patients, according to a new study in JAMA.

Racial Gap Widens as Colorectal Cancer Death Rate Drops

Fewer people are being diagnosed with and dying from colorectal cancer.

Prevention the Focus of New Colon Cancer Screening Guidelines

Preventing colon cancer from ever starting is the focus of new colorectal cancer screening guidelines issued Wednesday by the American Cancer Society.