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Colon Cancer


Thin stools, cramping, bright red blood in your stool or dark tarry stools, unexplained weight loss, fatigue change in bowel habits, consistent bloating, constipation.


In 2006, 70,651 men and 68,883 women were diagnosed with Colorectal Cancer in the United States.
Each year, at least 28,471 men and 28,132 women die from colorectal cancer in the United States.

Preventive measures that can be taken:

Drink plenty of water; eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, fiber, and whole grains.

Screening Recommendations:

Have a Colonoscopy at age 50; and as early as 40 if there is a family history of colorectal cancer.

Treatment Options:

Radiation, Chemotherapy, Immunotherapy, Compassionate Drug Therapy. (Use of a new drug when no other treatments are available.)

Off Label Drug use (Investigational drug use)

More information:

CDC on colon cancer
American Cancer Society