Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal Cancer – Did You Know?

  • The most common signs and symptoms of colorectal cancer include a change in bowel habits (diarrhea, constipation, narrowing of stool) that lasts for more than a few days, rectal bleeding with bright red blood, blood in the stool which may make stool look dark, cramping or abdominal pain, weakness and fatigue, and/or unintended weight loss.1
  • Risk factors associated with colorectal cancer include diet (high intake of red meats and/or processed meats), low Vitamin D, physical inactivity, being overweight or obese, smoking, and alcohol consumption. Other risk factors include history of inflammatory bowel disease or colorectal polyps, having type 2 diabetes, family history or having an inherited syndrome (e.g. Lynch Syndrome).2
  • Colorectal cancer is on the rise among young adults, and about 11% of newly diagnosed colorectal cancer patients are under 50.3
  • You can connect with other people that have colorectal cancer online and/or via telephone, which can help you learn about your condition and provide you with support.

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Additional Resources

Colon Cancer Alliance
877-422-2030 or 202-628-0123

Colon Cancer Foundation

Fight Colorectal Cancer
877-427-2111 or 703548-1225