Colorectal cancer is starts anywhere on the colon or rectum. It affects about five percent of the population in the United States. Each year, up to 150,000 new cases are diagnosed.
Cancer of the large intestine accounts for 21 percent of all cancers in the U.S. However, colorectal cancer is one of the most curable of gastrointestinal cancers.
Often, the cancer is detected early, thanks to screening procedures. Talk to your doctor about when you should begin routine colorectal screening exams.
Sporadic (Nonhereditary) Colorectal Cancer: What You Need to Know
- With regular screening, colorectal cancer can be caught and treated early. Talk to your doctor about screening.
- The best diagnostic procedure to examine the colon is a colonoscopy.
- Your doctor may be able to remove polyps during a colonoscopy, or you may need colorectal surgery to treat the cancer.
- If you had colorectal surgery, surveillance is an important part of your follow-up care because there is a risk of recurrence.
Read a more in-depth article about colorectal cancer, written by Johns Hopkins gastroenterologists, which details the anatomical description of the causes of colorectal cancer.
Read our FAQs about colorectal cancer.
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