The more you know about your body and colorectal cancer, the easier it is to understand why regular screening is so important.
The colon is the biggest part of the large intestine.
- It helps in the final stages of digestion, absorbing water and minerals from food, and eliminating bodily waste through the rectum
- It is very important to keep this part of the body in good health
Cancer is one of the most serious conditions that can affect the colon.
- The term “colo-rectal” includes both the colon and the rectum (the last several inches of the colon)
- Because colon cancer and rectal cancer have many features in common, they are often grouped together as colorectal cancer1
Almost all colorectal cancers start as small growths called polyps.1
- These polyps can grow for many years before turning cancerous
- In the early stages of colorectal cancer, there may be no symptoms
- Regular screening can allow your doctor to see these polyps and remove them
This is why it is so important to schedule colorectal cancer screening.
- You could have an early stage of cancer and not even know it
- If you wait for symptoms, cancer may have progressed to an advanced stage, making it difficult to treat
- Colorectal cancer screening: basic fact sheet. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/colorectal/pdf/basic_fs_eng_color.pdf. Accessed January 22, 2018.