Cancer

Colon Cancer

The latest colon cancer news, advice, and information, including treatment, screening, symptoms, advanced stages, and real-life inspiring stories about people living with colon cancer.

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Diagnosis

What Should You Know About Colon Cancer?

A colon cancer diagnosis can feel overwhelming. Here are 10 things your oncologist wants you to know about living with the disease.

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Complications

Ulcerative Colitis Doubles Your Colon Cancer Risk: What to Know to Protect Yourself

If you have ulcerative colitis, your colon cancer risk more than doubles. Learn how to protect yourself.

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Risk Factors

What People Under 50 Need to Know About Their Colon Cancer Risk

Rates of colon cancer are rising among Millennials and Gen Xers, even as they continue to drop among Boomers. Get up to speed on the signs and symptoms today.

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Fitness

High-Intensity Exercise Can Aid in the Fight Against Colon Cancer

High-intensity interval training — cardio workouts that include short bursts of maximum effort and recovery periods — may slow the growth of colon cancer.

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Treatment

Advanced Colon Cancer Treatment Approaches

Most metastatic colon cancer patients receive a combination of chemotherapy and a targeted therapy, which interrupts tumor cells’ growth and spread.

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Risk Factors

Could Watching TV Raise Your Colon Cancer Risk?

There may be a link between early-onset colorectal cancer — colon or rectal cancer diagnosed before age 50 — and time spent sitting and watching television.

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Treatment

All About Colon Cancer Treatment Options

The primary treatment for non-metastatic colon cancer is surgery. You may then receive 3 to 6 months of chemotherapy to prevent the cancer from coming back.

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Nutrition

Eat Smart For Colon Cancer Treatment Recovery

Colon cancer and treatment side effects make it hard to take in essential nutrients. Here are some ways to nourish your body and help prevent cancer recurrence.

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Colonoscopy

Too Few Follow Up After Colonoscopy

If you're diagnosed with benign growths or polyps during a colonoscopy, be sure to follow up as recommended, or you could be at higher risk for colon cancer.

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Risk Factors

Are Obese Women at Risk for Colon Cancer?

Young women who are obese should be vigilant about colon cancer, according to this study that found a link between obesity and early-onset colorectal cancer.

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Tests

How to Survive Colonoscopy Prep Day in 10 Steps

Let’s face it: Preparing to have a colonoscopy is no fun. But these tips can make it a little more bearable.

Meet the Experts

Jennifer Mitchell Rackley
B.S. Dietetics, Dietitian, Health Professional
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Jennifer is a dietitian with a passion for educating and empowering families on their journey through illness.

Judi Ebbert, PhD, MPH, RN
Health Writer
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Judi Ebbert has worked at three NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers and is a writer/editor at Moffitt Cancer Center.

Rachel Zohn
Health Writer
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Rachel Zohn is a freelance writer who enjoys writing about all things related to health, wellness, and the human body.