WHAT IS COLON CANCER?
Colorectal cancer, or colon cancer, occurs in the colon or rectum. The colon is the large intestine or large bowel. The rectum is the passageway that connects the colon to the anus. Colon cancer, when discovered early, is highly treatable. Even if it spreads into nearby lymph nodes, surgical treatment followed by chemotherapy is highly successful. In the most difficult cases — when the cancer has metastasized to the liver, lungs or other sites — treatment can prolong and add to one’s quality of life.
- Colon Cancer is the 2nd leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States.
- People with a first-degree relative (parent, sibling or offspring) have 2-3 times the risk of developing the disease.
- There are currently more than one million colon cancer survivors in the United States.
1. Get Screened
2. Exercise Daily
3. Know Your Family History
4. Eat a Healthy & Balanced Diet
5. Do Not Smoke