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Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer starts in the colon (large intestine) or rectum. The risk of colorectal cancer goes up as you get older (90% of cases occur in people over 50), and if you eat a meat-heavy diet, smoke, or have a family history of the cancer. Colorectal cancer symptoms include pain, blood in the stool, and a change in bowel habits. Routine screening for colorectal cancer is recommended starting at age 50—or even sooner for those with risk factors.

Colorectal Cancer News

  • 1 in 3 Colon Cancers in Young People Has Genetic Link

    FRIDAY, July 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) — More than a third of colon cancers diagnosed in younger patients are caused by inherited gene mutations, a new study finds. These patients should undergo genetic counseling to determine if their families may be at increased risk, the researchers suggested. Hereditary colon cancers are relatively rare overall, but tend to [...]

  • Young Adult Cancer Survivors More Likely to Be Hospitalized

    MONDAY, July 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Young adult cancer survivors are more likely to be hospitalized than people who never had cancer, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed data from more than 20,000 people in Ontario, Canada, who had their first cancer diagnosis between ages 20 and 44 and had lived at least five years [...]

  • Colon Cancer Deaths Falling, But 3 U.S. Regions Lag Behind

    WEDNESDAY, July 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) — There’s reason to celebrate declines in deaths from colon cancer in the United States — unless you live in three areas that are still lagging behind, a new report finds. People living in 94 counties spread across the lower Mississippi Delta region, in 107 counties in west-central Appalachia, [...]

  • Why More People Die of Colon Cancer in These 3 U.S. Regions

    There’s reason to celebrate declines in deaths from colon cancer in the United States — unless you live in three areas that are still waiting for those declines, a new report finds.

  • Americans’ Risk of Dying From Cancer Is Falling, CDC Finds

    The risk that any one American will die from cancer — the cancer death rate — is going down, regardless of sex or race, a new government study reports.

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