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Colorectal Cancer Health Center

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What is colorectal cancer? How do you know if you have it? Here you'll find answers about colorectal cancer, including risk factors and prevention for colon cancer.

What Is Colorectal Cancer?

 Colon cancer and rectal cancer are known together as colorectal cancer. Get started here learning the basics of these cancers.

Many colon cancers start at colon polyps, a growth on the inside of the colon. Learn more about colon polyps so you know what to watch out for.


The exact cause of colorectal cancer is unknown, but several factors are thought to play a role. Learn more here.

Are You at Risk?

Are you at risk for colorectal cancer? Actually, everyone is. Learn about key risk factors here, including diet and other lifestyle factors.

Answer these six questions and determine your risk of colon cancer.

People who have a family history of colorectal cancer are more likely to develop the cancer themselves, particularly if you have certain gene mutations. Learn more here.

Learn why Maria and Erika decided to start a calendar after being diagnosed with colon cancer at a young age in this WebMD video.


Diet and exercise, aspirin, and the right tests all have a role in colon cancer prevention. Find out what you need to know.

Find out which foods can help prevent colon cancer and which foods are best to eat in small quantities.

Colon cancer often has no symptoms until its later stages -- when it’s more difficult to treat. Therefore, your best bet to beating colon cancer is to catch it early with screening tests.

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