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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.
Screening Saves Lives
Early detection can save your life. Finding colorectal cancer when it is still small and hasn’t spread makes it easier to treat. This can increase your chances of surviving and beating the disease. According to the American Cancer Society, age 45 is when people with an average risk for colorectal cancer should start screening. If you have other risk factors, your doctor may want you to start screening earlier. The important thing to remember: Don’t put off screening! Learn more about screening and ask your doctor when you should be screened.
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.
Reducing Your Risk
Take action today! There are many different things that can increase your risk for colorectal cancer. Some of these things can actually be controlled. Learn what you can do to help reduce your risk of polyps or developing 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.
American Cancer Society
From basic information about cancer and its causes to indepth content about specific cancer types, the American Cancer Society has resources to help you understand what to expect and how to cope.