Information on Colorectal Cancer
When cancer cells develop in the tissue of the colon or rectum, it is called colorectal cancer. Some people seem to have a greater risk of developing this condition than others, such as people who:
- Are age 50 or older
- Have a history of tobacco use
- Have a family history of colon or rectal cancer.
Symptoms may include blood in the stool and unexplained weight loss; however, these can also be present with other conditions, so your healthcare provider will conduct tests to either confirm or rule out a diagnosis of colorectal cancer. Treatment options include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or a combination of these things.
(Click Colorectal Cancer for more information on this condition, including the usual prognosis for this condition.)