General information about colorectal cancer :
- Colorectal cancer is cancer of the colon and/or rectum (also called large intestine or large bowel). Colorectal cancer is the 2nd leading cause of cancer-related death in men AND women in the United States.
- Men and women of ANY age are at risk for this disease, but it can be both preventable and treatable, especially if it is caught at an early stage.
- Incidence of colorectal cancer is rising in younger populations including 20-39 year olds.
- It is important to know your family history of disease and to pay attention to any signs or symptoms that may possibly signal colorectal cancer. Talk to your doctor about blood in the stool, chronic constipation, changes in bowel habits, chronic pain and/or bloating, and stools that are thin.
- African Americans are highly encouraged to begin screening at age 45. Recent guideline changes suggest that everyone begin routine screening at age 45.
- A family history or personal history of disease, including cancer, may mean that earlier and more frequent screening is needed.
- There are several colorectal screening options available. Talk to your doctor about the in-home fecal immunochemical stool test (FIT), Cologuard stool test, and colonoscopy as well as other available options!