About Colorectal Cancer
Colorectal cancer (CRC) refers to both rectal cancer and colon cancer. Cancer located in the rectum is called rectal cancer, and cancer located in the colon is colon cancer. Colorectal cancer occurs when abnormal cells form tumors in normal tissues of the intestines and digestive system. These tumors usually start out as polyps that are removed during a screening colonoscopy.
Colorectal cancer may not show any symptoms at first, but as a tumor grows, it can disrupt your body’s ability to digest food and remove waste. This causes potentially severe bowel and abdominal problems.
Colorectal Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in men and women combined in the United States. Colorectal cancer is preventable through screening.
Who gets colorectal cancer?
While over 90 percent of colon and rectal cancers are found in people over the age of 50, anyone at any age can get colorectal cancer. People younger than 45 need to protect themselves by knowing their family cancer history, as well as their own medical history. People with a family history of certain cancer or with certain medical conditions may need to begin colonoscopy screening earlier and be tested more often.
Learn more about colorectal cancer below.