Colon Cancer

By: Greysen Herbert 4-8-16

Colon cancer develops in the colon and/or the rectum. If the cancer began in the colon, which is the first four to five feet of the large intestine, it may be referred to as colon cancer. It typically starts as a growth of tissue. It affects some or all flesh in the colon.

In most cases, its not clear what causes colon cancer. It is like other cancers, as it begins when cells have a mutation in their DNA. There are some inherited genes that can increase the risk of colon cancer.

Some symptoms of colon cancer are: a change in bowel habits, rectal bleeding, blood in stool, persistent abdominal discomfort, weakness or fatigue, and unexplained weight loss.

Colon cancer is the 4th most common cancer in both men and women.


There are a few ways to prevent colon cancer. You can get screened, maintain a healthy weight, don't smoke, be physically active, drink moderately, limit red and processed meat, get enough calcium and vitamin D, and consider a multivitamin with folate.

Treatment includes surgeries, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, targeted drug therapy, supportive care, and alternative medicine.

A colonoscopy can detect colon cancer