Colorectal cancer (commonly called colon cancer) is the third most common cancer in men and women in the United States, and the third leading cause of cancer death. But the death rate from this disease has been dropping thanks to improvements in colon cancer prevention, early detection, and treatment. There are screening tests available that can actually stop colon cancer before it starts, or catch it early, when treatments are more likely to be successful. Treatments have also gotten better over the years.
The American Cancer Society is actively fighting colon cancer on many fronts. We are helping people get tested for colon cancer, helping them understand their diagnosis and get the treatments they need. The American Cancer Society also funds new research to help prevent, find, and treat colon cancer. Check out the links below to learn more about these activities.