About Colon Cancer

colorectal diagram

Colon and rectal cancer is a growth that begins in the colon or rectum, part of the large intestine. Doctors believe colon cancer usually develops from benign growths called adenomatous polyps. Polyps can become cancerous unless caught early by routine screening tests.

In the United States, colon and rectal cancer is the fourth most common cancer in both men and women. Survival rates for colon and rectal cancer range from 10% to over 90% when the cancer is found and treated early.

Colon and Rectal Cancer Statistics (2015)
In the United States, an estimated 132,700 new cases of colon and rectal cancer will be identified, resulting in 49,700 deaths.

For more information about colon and rectal cancer:

National Cancer Institute
Oregon Partnership for Cancer Control (OPCC)