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Colorectal cancer is found in the colon (large intestine) or the rectum. Also known as colon cancer or rectal cancer depending on the location, it is the third most diagnosed cancer in both men and women worldwide with more than 1.8 million new cases each year. In the United States, more than 155,000 new cases were diagnosed in 2018.1 If colorectal cancer is found and treated early, the five-year survival rate is very high.
Cancer Didn’t Stop Because COVID-19 Started
Don’t let COVID-19 keep you from getting screened – it could save your life. There are options, some of which can be done at home. Learn more about which screening options are best for you.
Colorectal Surgery What to Expect
If you or a loved one are diagnosed with colorectal cancer, your care team will likely recommend surgery to remove the cancer. Learning more about what to expect before, during and after surgery will help you get ready for surgery and recovery.
A colonoscopy can find early colorectal cancer before you have symptoms. During a colonoscopy, your doctor will look for polyps or cancer. Polyps are precancerous growths inside the colon. Polyps can be removed during a colonoscopy so they don’t become cancer.
Cancer Survivor Journeys
Listen to colorectal cancer survivors share their inspiring and hope-filled stories.
Cancer.com is dedicated to supporting you with helpful tools, resources and information throughout your treatment journey.
Colorectal Cancer Alliance
Founded in 1999 by a group of 41 survivors, caregivers and friends, the Colorectal Cancer Alliance is the nation’s leading nonprofit dedicated to ending colorectal cancer through revention, patient support and awareness.