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What is Colorectal Cancer?

Colorectal cancer is cancer that starts in the colon or the rectum. These cancers can also be referred to separately as colon cancer or rectal cancer, depending on where they start.

Colon cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States. Although colon cancer affects men and women equally, rectal cancer is more common in men.

When colon and rectal cancers are found early, there is almost a 90 percent chance for cure. Early detection is the key to the best patient outcomes. It is generally recommended to have colon cancer screenings, like colonoscopy, beginning at age 50; those with a family history of the disease or other factors that put them at higher risk for developing colon cancer should start testing earlier.

Advanced Colorectal Cancer Diagnosis and Care at Levine Cancer Institute

At Levine Cancer Institute, a team of oncologists and other experts in the field of cancer research work to tailor treatment to each patient. These doctors participate in various clinical trials, offering opportunities to discover what is best for patient outcomes.

In addition to clinical excellence, the Institute offers a broad range of emotional support programs designed to help patients and family members cope with the issues related to life during and after cancer treatment.

For more information on our Colorectal Cancer Program, call 980-442-2000 or 800-804-9376.

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