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.

A Guide to Colorectal Cancer Screening Tools

You’ve probably heard of a colonoscopy. But what other ways can you be screened for colorectal cancer, including taking a sample at home and sending to a lab? Read this article to find out more.

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Obesity and Colon Cancer: Are Younger Women at Risk?

In women, obesity and weight gain in early adulthood are associated with an increased risk for early-onset colorectal cancer, colon cancer before age 50.

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

What you eat may play a role in preventing cancer. Research suggests diets low in fruit and vegetables and high in meat pose a risk for colon cancer. Here are some tips on what you should eat.

By Carmen Roberts, MS, RD, LDN

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

Colon Cancer Survivor, Firefighter…and Model

Steve DeLuca shares why men need to actually go the doctor; how he came to be a topless calendar model; and the things you should absolutely not say to someone living with cancer.

By Sheila M. Eldred

First Person, Part 2: My Husband's Colon Cancer Worsens, He Enters Hospice

In the second of two parts, Judi Ebbert writes about the end of her husband’s cancer story.

By Judi Ebbert, PhD, MPH, RN

First Person, Part 1: My Husband Had Advanced Colon Cancer

In the first of two parts, Judi Ebbert, who usually writes for HealthCentral about the science of medicine, writes from a personal place: her own story of caregiving for her husband during his colon cancer journey.

By Judi Ebbert, PhD, MPH, RN

What Does It Take to Keep Working Through Colon Cancer Treatment?

Julie Self knows. “Work was all about scaling back expectations.”

By Pamela Kaufman

Step-by-Step Guide to Undergoing A Colonoscopy

From the first steps of prepping for a colonoscopy to what happens during the procedure, this slideshow walks you through the colorectal cancer screening process. Share with someone about to have the procedure – or read yourself if you need to have your first or a repeat test.

By Kathleen Hall, MBA

What Did This Colon Cancer Patient Not Know Before Her Cancer Diagnosis?

Family medical history matters, bleeding isn’t normal, and intense fatigue were all warning signs that Trish Lannon wishes she had known before her stage 3C colon cancer diagnosis.

By Trish Lannon

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

More people under 50 are developing colon cancer, an illness usually associated with old age. Today, one in seven colon cancer patients is under 50, according to researchers at the University of Michigan, and these younger patients are more likely to ...

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...

Screen for Colorectal Cancer Earlier, Says Cancer Group

According to the guidelines, people at average risk for colorectal cancer should begin screening at age 45, rather than the previous recommendation of 50. Additional changes include updates to colorectal cancer screening test option guidelines.