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Colorectal cancer is cancer of the colon or rectum and is more common in men or women over age 50.
Removing precancerous cells that may be present in the colon can prevent colorectal cancer before invasive cancer develops. Despite the availability of effective screening tests, colorectal cancer screening is not used very often. We encourage you to be screened for colorectal cancer at regular intervals to help prevent this disease.
Are You at Risk for Colorectal Cancer?
Knowing the risk factors of cancer and living a healthy lifestyle are important aspects of preventing cancer.
Signs and Symptoms of Colorectal Cancer
Typically, in early stages, colorectal cancer produces no symptoms. The most common warning signs include:
- Changes in bowel movements, including persistent constipation or diarrhea
- Feeling of not being able to empty the bowel completely
- Rectal bleeding
- Dark patches of blood in or on stool
- Long, thin, "pencil" stools
- Abdominal discomfort or bloating
- Unexplained fatigue
- Loss of appetite or weight.
Early Detection and Diagnosis of Colorectal Cancer
Regular colorectal screening should begin at age 50. Screenings include fecal occult blood test (FOBT), flexible sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy and double-contrast barium enema (DCBE). Learn More »
Cancer Wellness and Rehabilitation
Whether you are newly diagnosed or far along in the treatment process, cancer rehabilitation is an important part of the road to recovery.