Colon Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in America. More people die every year in America from colon cancer than from prostate or breast cancer.
Most people with early cases of colon cancer have no symptoms and feel fine. Symptoms that can develop include rectal bleeding, abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea and weight loss.
Colon cancer occurs most commonly after age 50, although it is sometimes seen in younger people. People with a family history of colon polyps or colon cancer are at increased risk of getting colon cancer. However, most people who get colon cancer have no history of colon cancer in their family. Just as many women as men get colon cancer.
Colon cancer often develops from small non-cancerous growths in the colon called polyps. Studies have shown that by undergoing a test called colonoscopy and having colon polyps removed up to 90% of all cases of colon cancer can be prevented.
Please note: The information on this website is for general informational purposes only. The information may or may not apply to any individual patient. Absolutely no guarantees are made as to the success of any evaluation/treatment program. Specifically, while colon cancer can be prevented in many cases, it cannot be prevented in all cases even with ideal testing and treatment.