Colon cancer, also known as colorectal cancer, is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women and men in the United States. It’s expected to cause about 50,630 deaths during 2018.1 It develops in the colon or rectum, usually as a small growth called a polyp. Because it can take several years for the polyp to develop into cancer, regular screening can often help prevent colorectal cancer. How? By finding polyps that can be removed before they become cancerous.
Don’t wait to experience symptoms before you take action. The American Cancer Society (ACS) recommends screening for colorectal cancer beginning at age 45 and before if you are at increased or high risk.2 Your doctor can help you determine your risk and how often to get screened.
When colon cancer does have symptoms, they may include:3
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, talk to your doctor. When colon cancer is detected early, treatment often leads to a cure.4
This material is intended for informational use only and should not be construed as medical advice or used in place of consulting a licensed medical professional. You should consult with your doctor.
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