What is Colon Cancer?
A cancer of the colon or rectum, located at the digestive tract's lower end.
Who typically gets Colon Cancer?
- the risk of developing colon cancer increases with age. The disease is most common in people over age 50
- women have a higher risk of Colon cancer
- women who have a history of ovarian, uterine, or breast cancer
- people who have chronic inflammatory conditions of the colon, such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease
- Parents, siblings, and children of a person who has had colon cancer
- if you drink alcohol, smoke, don't get enough exercise
- If you have diabetes
How is Colon Cancer treated?
- Stage 1: They'll remove all the polyp's and if the cancer has not spread into the edges no further surgery is needed.
- Stage 2: This is when the cancer has spread through the colon walls but not the lymph nodes, so only that part of the colon is removed/ radiation therapy
- Stage 3: The cancer has spread through the walls and the lymph nodes so they will remove that section of the colon and the lymph nodes./ radiation, chemo therapy.
- Stage IV: This is when cancer has spread to other organs in the body if in only some organs, those organs will be completely.
Survival Rate of Colon Cancer
Survival rates for colon cancer, by stage
stage 1: 89%*