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.

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.

Colon Cancer Topics

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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.

By Kathleen Hall, MBA

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.

By Diane Domina

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.

By Kathleen Hall, MBA

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.

By Sheila M. Eldred

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.

By Diane Domina

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.

By Diane Domina

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.

By Mandy Morgan

Best Foods to Prevent Colon Cancer

Diet is a factor in 70 to 90 percent of colorectal cancer cases. Follow these tips to eat a healthy diet that helps prevent colon cancer.

By Carmen Roberts, M.S., R.D., L.D.N.

Colon Cancer Survivor, Firefighter…and Model?

In this Q&A, colon cancer surivivor Steve DeLuca explains how he became topless calendar model, and the things you shouldn't say to someone living with cancer.

By Sheila M. Eldred

The Night I Said Goodbye

Caregiving for her husband after his colon cancer diganosis took its toll on Judi Ebbert. Read the emotional story of how she said goodbye.

By Judi Ebbert, PhD, MPH, RN

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How to Find Your Way With Colon Cancer

What comes next now that you're received your diagnosis? Learn from others who have been there before, and find out which questions to ask your doctor to get the care that's right for you.

Meet the Experts

Jennifer Mitchell Rackley

B.S. Dietetics, Dietitian, Health Professional

Jennifer is a dietitian with a passion for educating and empowering families on their journey through illness.

Judi Ebbert, PhD, MPH, RN

Health Writer

Judi Ebbert has worked at three NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers and is a writer/editor at Moffitt Cancer Center.

Rachel Zohn

Health Writer

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

Jennifer Mitchell Rackley

B.S. Dietetics, Dietitian, Health Professional

Jennifer is a dietitian with a passion for educating and empowering families on their journey through illness.

Health News

More People Under 50 Getting Colon Cancer

Colon cancer is usually associated with old age, but rates are rising among younger people. Today, one in seven colon cancer patients is under 50.

Iron Supplements May Raise Colon Cancer Risk

Two iron compounds commonly used in dietary supplements and as food additives – ferric citrate and ferric EDTA – raise the level of biomarkers for colon cancer, according to a study conducted at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden. A third ir...

Get Screened for Colon Cancer Early

According to the new guidelines, you should start screening for colorectal cancer at age 45, rather than the previous recommendation of 50.