Colon Cancer

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Blue ribbonFacts 

  • Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the US, and the third most common type of cancer.
  • One in 23 men and one in 25 women will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer.
  • 25-30% of people diagnosed with colorectal cancer have a fa
     mily history of the disease. 60% of colorectal cancer deaths could be prevented with screening.
  • Data suggests that the incidence of colorectal cancer for those under 50 is on the rise.

When should I see a health care provider?

Call your health care provider if you have:

  • A change in bowel habits that lasts more than a few weeks
  • A feeling of needing to have a bowel movement that doesn’t go away even after doing so
  • Rectal bleeding, dark stools, or blood in the stool
  • Stomach discomfort, including bloating or steady abdominal pain Unexplained weakness or fatigue
  • Unexplained weight loss