Although we have the necessary tools to prevent colorectal cancer, it is still the third most common cancer diagnosis, excluding skin cancer, in men and women.
Colorectal cancer often begins as non-cancerous polyps, or growths, in the colon. If these polyps are caught early and removed, cancer can often be prevented.
The most effective preventive measure against colorectal cancer is getting screened before it develops. Use CoxHealth's interactive health tools to determine which screening procedure is best for you, then discuss your decision with your physician. Which screening test should I have?
Warning signs of colorectal cancer may include:
- Rectal bleeding
- Change in bowel movements (constipation or diarrhea)
- Change in size or shape of bowel movement
- Abdominal bloating
- Lower abdominal pain
- Unintended weight loss
ASCO created a clinical practice guideline about follow-up care for patients with stage II or III colorectal cancer. To help people living with cancer understand their cancer care, ASCO created this patient guide, which is based on ASCO's recommendations for follow-up care for colorectal cancer.