Colorectal Cancer

To learn more about colorectal cancer, you can access information from the National Cancer Institute below.

To view colorectal cancer booklets and/or download for use in your planner, please select from the options below.

ASCO Answers Fact Sheet
ASCO Answers Fact Sheet in Spanish
NCCN Guidelines for Patients Booklet: Colon
NCCN Guidelines for Patients Booklet: Rectal
CancerCare Treatment Update Booklet

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

  • 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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March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Additional Resources

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

Colon Cancer Foundation

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