Colorectal Cancer

Let's Talk About Colorectal Cancer

We've got the doctor-approved scoop on causes, symptoms, treatments, and a jillion other facts and tips that can make life with colorectal cancer easier.

    Our Pro PanelColorectal Cancer

    We went to some of the nation’s top experts in colorectal cancer to bring you the most up-to-date information possible.

    Leonid Cherkassky, M.D.

    Leonid Cherkassky, M.D.Assistant Professor of Oncology

    Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
    Buffalo, NY
    Gautam Mankaney, M.D.

    Gautam Mankaney, M.D.Gastroenterologist

    Cleveland Clinic
    Cleveland, OH
    Eduardo Vilar-Sanchez, M.D., Ph.D.

    Eduardo Vilar-Sanchez, M.D., Ph.D.Associate Professor of Clinical Cancer Prevention

    The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Houston, TX
    Colorectal cancer statistics: age of diagnosis, age when people should begin colorectal cancer screenings, number of people diagnosed with colon cancer, number of colorectal cancer survivors, survival rate for early stage colon cancer
    Nikki Cagle
    Risks of colon cancer are age, family history, ethnicity, having IBD, and genetic disorders
    Nikki Cagle
    Common colon cancer treatments are polyp removal, surgery, chemotherapy, and metastasis measures
    Nikki Cagle

    Frequently Asked QuestionsColorectal Cancer

    What is the most accurate screening test for colorectal cancer?

    No question, a colonoscopy. Three reasons. 1) It’s better than other tests at flagging malignant cancer. 2) It’s better at not mistakenly ID-ing non-cancer as cancer. 3) It’s the only screening that can reliably identity polyps, too. That last distinction allows a doctor to intervene before the c-word even rears.

    What diet is the most protective against colorectal cancer?

    The usual suspects reduce the risk (fruits, vegetables, and whole grains) while others raise it (red meat, charred meat, and processed meat). In one recent study, the most protective diet of all was what the researchers called pescovegetarian—eating fish, but otherwise sticking to a mainly vegetarian menu.

    Why is colorectal cancer increasing in younger people?

    Most researchers think that increasing obesity plays a role—the rates of obesity and being overweight more than doubled among children and teens between 1980 and 2014. Other probable culprits include a more sedentary lifestyle and unhealthy diets.

    Can I reduce the risk of my colorectal cancer coming back?

    Being physically active reduces the risk of developing colorectal cancer in the first place, and also lowers the chance of it returning. Getting regular physical activity after treatment also reduces the risk of dying of the disease. Talk to your health care team about how much exercise makes sense for you and how to introduce it (or re-introduce it) into your routine.

    Lisa Davis

    Lisa Davis

    A health reporter and editor in New York, Lisa Davis has contributed to numerous outlets, including Health, O, the Oprah Magazine, Vogue, Science News, and others.