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Information Related to Colon Cancer

According to the American Cancer society, colorectal cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths in the United States.  

Colon Cancer is in almost all cases, a treatable disease if caught early. Nearly all colon cancers begin as non-cancerous (benign) polyps which slowly develop into cancer.

You are at higher risk for colon cancer if you have:

  • Cancer elsewhere in the body
  • Colorectal polyps
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Family history of colon cancer
  • Certain genetic syndromes, which also increase the risk of developing colon cancer 
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Personal history of breast cancer
  • Smoke

Colon cancer may be associated with high fat, low fiber diet and red meat.

Possible symptoms of Colon Cancer:

  • Abdominal pain, tenderness in lower abdomen.
  • Blood in stool (may or may not be visually seen).
  • Diarrhea, constipation or other changes in bowel habits.
  • Intestinal obstructions
  • Narrowing of stools
  • Unexplained anemia
  • Weight loss