What is Colorectal Cancer?

What is Colorectal Cancer?

  • A cancer that occurs in the bowel.
  • Sometimes called colon cancer.

Why do you need a screening?

  • Screenings can find growths called “polyps.”
  • Polyps may or may not be cancerous.
  • Doctors can remove the polyps.
  • Screenings can show if you have colorectal cancer
  • Early diagnosis and early treatment works best.

What are the symptoms?

  • Blood in your stool (bowel movement).
  • Stomach pain, aches, or cramps that do not go away.
  • Losing weight and you do not know why.
  • Sometimes there are no symptoms.

Who should get screened?

  • Anyone with symptoms.
  • Regular screenings for all adults ages 50 – 75 years old.
  • If you are 76 – 85 years old – ask your doctor.

Who is at risk for colon cancer?

  • You have colorectal polyps.
  • Someone in your family has colorectal polyps or colorectal cancer.
  • You have inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis.

How to reduce risks?

  • Be active.
  • Recommendation no more than one drink a day for women.
  • Recommendation no more than two drinks per day for men.
  • Stop smoking and use of tobacco products.

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Source: https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/colorectal/basic_info/symptoms.htm