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Colon Cancer – For cancer that starts in the colon or rectum, the name is colorectal cancer. As with the beginnings of most cancers, colorectal cancer begins when cells in that area grow out of control and ‘muscle out’ normal cells. As with any cancer diagnosis, the detection of cancer early on is critical to a successful outcome. Regular colonoscopies beginning at age 50 are recommended. It is also suggested that anyone that has a history of colon cancer in their family to potentially start getting checked earlier than 50.

Colon Cancer Symptoms – Colorectal cancer might not cause symptoms, but if it does, they would include: a change in bowel habits, such as diarrhea, constipation, or narrowing of the stool; a feeling that you need to have a bowel movement that is not relieved by having one, rectal bleeding with bright red blood, blood in the stool, which may make the stool look dark, cramping or abdominal pain, weakness and fatigue and weight loss. Colon cancer signs and symptoms are pretty much the same as the overall colorectal cancer symptoms.

Stage 4 Colon Cancer – indicates that the cancer cells in the colon or rectum have the potential to travel to the liver or other even more distant organs and grow there. When those cells do that, it is called metastasis. Colon cancer starts in the colon, and rectal cancer starts in the rectum. Both the rectum and colon are a part of the digestive system.

Survival Rate – As with all types of cancer early detection and treatment yields significantly improved survival rates. Stage 1 colon cancer has a 92% 5-year survival rate while a stage 3 colon cancer prognosis drops to 89% in the same 5 year time period

Ribbon – the awareness ribbon for colon cancer is a dark blue

Recovering From Esophageal Cancer Surgery is ‘Grueling’ But Doable, Says Survivor

July 19th 2022, 7:00pm


An esophageal cancer survivor noted that recovering from surgery to treat the disease was “grueling,” but he said he was eventually able to return to some normalcy with his ability to eat his favorite foods.

Meat Intake May Not Impact Risk of Disease Recurrence, Death in Colon Cancer

April 11th 2022, 1:00pm


Patients with stage 3 colon cancer who consume processed meat or unprocessed red meat after receiving their diagnosis may not be at an increased risk for cancer recurrence or death.

Universal Genetic Testing Should be Recommended for All Patients With Colon Cancer, Says Expert

March 30th 2022, 7:00pm


Performing genetic testing in every patient diagnosed with colon cancer, and not just those considered high-risk, could identify that person's risk of developing another cancer later in life.

The Changing Landscape of Colorectal Cancer Treatment Opens the Door to More Precise Techniques, Higher Survivorship Rates

March 29th 2022, 3:00pm


Twenty years of updates in technology, techniques and available medications has provided more hope for patients with colorectal cancer, with more advances on the horizon.

Stage 4 Colon Cancer

December 26th 2019, 5:00pm


Colon cancer is another one of those types of cancer that can be silent in its early stages – which is why routine screening according to your physician’s recommendations are so vital.

Stage 3 Colon Cancer Survival Rate

October 22nd 2018, 4:00pm


Age, sex, overall health, race, and even socio-economic status have a big hand in the survival rates for colon cancer, and all cancers.

Stage 2 Colon Cancer

October 15th 2018, 4:00pm


About 39% of colorectal cancers are diagnosed at stage 2 or earlier and have a fairly good prognosis, learn more…