About colorectal cancer
Colorectal cancer happens when cells in your colon or rectum grow abnormally and out of control. The cancer cells can possibly spread to other parts of your body. This cancer is also called colon cancer or rectal cancer, depending on where the cancer is. It is most common in people older than 50 although can happen at younger ages especially for people who have relatives who have developed colon cancer.
Treatment works best when the cancer is found early. Regular screening tests can help find cancer that is still in its early stages and hasn't spread yet or detect something that may develop into cancer in the future (for example, a colon polyp). Your healthcare provider can help determine the screening that is best for you. If you do not have a primary care physician, click here to search for one near you.
Understanding colorectal cancer
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