The colon and the rectum are part of the body’s digestive system.
They make up the large intestine.
The first part of the large intestine is called the colon and the last part is called the rectum.
Most people who get colon and rectal cancer are more than 50 years old. But colon cancer can occur at any age. Some groups are more likely than other groups to die of colon and rectal cancer.
African Americans are more likely to die of colon cancer than any other racial or ethnic group. About 49,960 people in the United States will probably die from colon and rectal cancer in the year 2008.
What can you do?
- Talk to your doctor about your risk factors.
- Ask your doctor when you should begin checking for colon and rectal cancer.
Screening tests, which are tests that can find cancer early before any signs, can help detect growths in the colon.
- Your doctor can remove these growths before they turn into cancer. Screening can find colon and rectal cancer early when treatment can work best.
- Spread the word about colon and rectal cancer–help yourself and others stay healthy.