Empower Yourself. Get Educated About Colon Cancer.

Only lung cancer kills more Americans each year than colon cancer, but it doesn’t have to be that way. With early detection and regular screenings, colon cancer is preventable, treatable, and beatable. Empower yourself by increasing your understanding of this largely preventable disease with information and resources from the Colon Cancer Coalition.

 What is Colon Cancer?

Colon cancer (also called colorectal cancer) is one of the most common forms of cancer. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. But no one likes to talk about it. Understanding the disease is important not only for those who have been diagnosed with the disease but individuals trying to prevent it as well.

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 What You Need to Know

Colon cancer is highly treatable. When found in its earliest stages, the five-year survival rate is 90%.

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Age is not a factor.

1 in 5 patients diagnosed with colon cancer are ages 20 to 54. Learn more about your risk and what you can do.

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 Getting Screened

Regular screening can prevent a large number of colorectal cancers from happening. Colon cancer starts with polyps, small growths that in time can turn cancerous. Testing helps your doctor find (and remove) these growths.

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  Colon Cancer Stages and Treatment

A colon cancer diagnosis can be terrifying. One of the first questions patients ask is “what now?” The plan for treatment depends on a number of factors. Determining the best course of action is affected by your general health, whether or not the cancer is a recurrence of a cancer that was treated in the past, and the stage of the cancer.

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Colon Cancer and Genetics

About 5-10% of colon cancers are due to specific inherited conditions that make it more likely that some family members will get polyps, colon cancer, and possibly other cancers. Genes are the building blocks of your DNA; your genes are what you inherit from your parents and affect your height, eye color, and even the likelihood of developing cancers. Learning your family history allows you to take appropriate steps to decrease the risk of developing colon and other types of cancers.

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  Useful Links

We’re not alone in our fight against colon cancer. Use these links to find support for your cancer journey, learn more about this largely preventable disease, and connect with others affected by colon cancer.

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 Download Educational Materials

Colon Cancer Coalition has created a library of educational materials about colorectal cancer and encouraging screening. Download these brochures to share with your family, friends, co-workers, and loved ones. Most are available for download in multiple languages. Limited quantities of English and Spanish are also available upon request.

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Information on these pages is provided for educational purposes only. Consult your own physician before making any medical decisions.