Colon Cancer Information

Newly Diagnosed?

If you or someone you care about has recently been diagnosed with colon cancer there are two things you should know.

  1. You are not alone. Whether you are looking for information, answers, support or ways to help yourself and others, The Strides For Life Colon Cancer Foundation is here to help you. Our website is a great resource of information and if you have any additional questions you can contact us at info@stridesforlife.org. If we are not able to directly help you or you live out of town, we can put you in touch with organizations who can provide you with the support you need.
  2. Colon cancer is one of the most curable forms of cancer. When detected early, as many as 95% of colorectal cancers can be cured. Thanks to significant advances in treatment, even those with advanced stages of the disease have a much better chance of survival than just a few years ago.

To improve your chances of fully recovering from this disease, you need to be informed, proactive and involved and Strides for Life is here to provide you with information and support

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Screening can often prevent colon cancer

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March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness month. Have you been screened? Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, but is also highly preventable through recommended screenings. These screenings enable doctors to spot precancerous lesions that can lead to colon cancer and remove them before they become a problem. Screenings can also find cancers early, when they are most treatable. All people ages 50 to 75 should get recommended colon cancer screenings. Some people should start getting screened earlier if they have certain risk factors for colon cancer, including a family history, a personal history of inflammatory bowel disease (such as Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis), or a genetic condition that makes colon cancer more likely (such as familial adenomatous polyposis).

There are several tests used for colon cancer screening, including colonoscopy, which uses a device to examine the full length of the colon and rectum; stool tests; flexible sigmoidoscopy, which uses a device to examine a portion of the colon; and CT colonography, a scanning technique that produces images of the colon that are examined by the doctor.

Talk to your doctor to determine which test is best suited for your needs.