Colorectal cancer is a subject that may make people feel a bit squeamish, but it’s a subject that needs to be discussed. Of cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the United States and the third most common cancer in men and in women.
This type of cancer, which is commonly called colon cancer, starts in either the colon or the rectum. In nearly all cases, it starts with a polyp, which is a small growth on the lining of the colon or the rectum.
The good news about colon cancer is that it is preventable and treatable. It can be prevented by finding and removing polyps before they become cancerous. When discovered early enough, it is highly treatable. Approximately half of all the colon cancer deaths in the U.S. could be prevented if everyone aged 50 and older got screened for colon cancer.