Colorectal cancer basics
Colorectal cancer is a cancer that starts in the colon or rectum, which are parts of the digestive system. Unlike most cancers, colorectal cancer is often preventable with screening and highly treatable when detected early.
Screening and prevention
The best way to prevent colorectal cancer is getting screened on time. Screenings can also find cancer early when treatment is most effective. Most people should begin colorectal cancer screenings at age 45, but people with certain risk factors may need to start screening earlier.
Treating colorectal cancer
Colorectal cancer is highly treatable if caught early. There are many types of treatments for colorectal cancer, including surgery, chemo, radiation, and other therapies. Your treatment typically depends on the location of the cancer and the stage of diagnosis.
Get help and support
A colorectal cancer diagnosis can be a challenging time. It helps to know that resources, support, and information are always available. A nation of allies is standing by ready to help you navigate your path to survivorship.
Michelle Cappel owes a lot to colorectal cancer biomarker testing — seven years of life and counting.
Initiative aims to reduce stigma and educate about screening choices, as the Colorectal Cancer Alliance launches a health equity fund to decrease disparities.
In a critical step forward in the mission to end colorectal cancer (CRC), the nation’s leading CRC nonprofit organization, the Colorectal Cancer Alliance (Alliance), announces the establishment of Project Cure CRC.
I was diagnosed with stage-I colon cancer. Due to my cancer’s localized nature, it was relatively simple to treat. Had I ignored my doctor’s plea and waited to get screened, I could have been facing full-blown metastatic disease in just a few years, which is much harder to overcome.
We host events across the U.S. dedicated to raising awareness and funds to combat colorectal cancer. When you participate in one of our events, you'll help make a meaningful difference in the mission against this devastating disease.
From golf tournaments to your next marathon, we can help you turn your passion or hobby into a do-it-yourself fundraiser to help end colorectal cancer in our lifetime. Create your fundraiser with our toolkits and online platform.
The movement to end colorectal cancer begins with you. We can help you raise your voice. Our Allies in Action grassroots advocacy program provides the tools and opportunities to make change in your own community, state, and beyond.
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