Colorectal cancer (CRC), also known as bowel cancer, or colon cancer, is a type of cancer that begins in the colon or rectum. These are parts of the digestive system that are responsible for processing and eliminating waste products from the body. When cells in either of these areas grow and divide abnormally, they can form a tumor that ultimately may become cancerous.
new cases of colorectal cancer in 2020 (1)
most common cancer worldwide (1)
Treatment options for colorectal cancer typically depend on the stage of the cancer at the time of diagnosis. Surgery to remove the affected portions of the colon or rectum may be necessary, and radiation therapy or chemotherapy may be recommended in addition to or as an alternative to surgery.
Research continues to explore new treatment options and approaches for both early and advanced cases of colorectal cancer. In addition, ongoing efforts are underway to promote awareness and education about the importance of regular screening and early detection.
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There is no single test that can detect colorectal cancer, but several screening methods exist that can help in early detection and prevention. These include stool tests, colonoscopies, and virtual colonoscopies.
If you have concerns about your risk of developing colorectal cancer or any other health issues, speak with your doctor to discuss appropriate screening and prevention options. Get screened for colorectal cancer routinely, beginning at age 45.
Last update: 17 May 2023
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