When you first find out that you have cancer, you may have many feelings. You may feel scared or angry. Or you may feel very calm. There is no "right" way to react. It is normal to have a wide range of feelings. And it is normal for those feelings to change quickly.
Some people find that it helps to talk about their feelings with family and friends. You may also want to talk with your doctor or with other people who have had cancer. Your local American
Cancer Society chapter can help you find a support group.
How can you screen for colorectal cancer?
Screening tests can find or prevent many cases of colon and rectal cancer. They
look for a certain disease or condition before any symptoms appear. Experts
recommend routine colon cancer testing for everyone age 50 and older who has a
normal risk for colon cancer. Your doctor may recommend earlier or more frequent testing if you have a higher risk for colorectal cancer. Talk to your doctor about when you should be tested.
Sigmoidoscopy (say "sig-moy-DAW-skuh-pee"). A doctor puts a flexible viewing tube into your
rectum and into the first part of your colon. This lets the doctor see the
lower portion of the intestine, which is where most colon cancers grow. Doctors
can remove polyps during this test also.
Colonoscopy (say "koh-luh-NAW-skuh-pee"). A doctor
puts a long, flexible viewing tube into your rectum and colon. The tube is
usually linked to a video monitor similar to a TV screen. With this test, the
doctor can see the entire large intestine.
colonography (CTC). This test is also called a virtual colonoscopy. A computer
and X-rays make a detailed picture of the colon to help the doctor look for