Colon Cancer

Cancer of the colon or rectum is also called colorectal cancer. In the United States, colorectal cancer is the fourth most common cancer in men, after skin, prostate, and lung cancer. It is also the fourth most common cancer in women, after skin, lung, and breast cancer.

No one knows the exact causes of colorectal cancer. Doctors can seldom explain why one person develops the disease and another does not. However, it is clear that colorectal cancer is not contagious. No one can "catch" this disease from another person.
recommended reading
These articles provide in-depth information and are written to help you make the best healthcare decisions for you and your loved ones.
Colorectal Cancer
Colorectal Cancer, Metastatic or Recurrent
Colon Cancer: Treatment
Colorectal Cancer: Prevention
Colorectal Cancer: Screening
Colon Cancer: Prevention
Colon Cancer: Screening
Colon Cancer: Treatment

decision points
When dealing with an illness or health problem, you have to make decisions—when to call a doctor, which test to have, and what treatment to use. Decision Points are designed to help you learn about your choices and options, and to prepare you to work with your healthcare provider to make the best decision for your care.
Which test should I have to screen for colorectal cancer?

action sets
Action Sets are designed to help you take an active role in managing a health condition. Action Sets provide the tools and information you can use in the day-to-day management of your health conditions.
Caring for your ostomy
tests & procedures

You doctor may recommend one or more of the following tests to evaluate your condition.

Abdominal Ultrasound
Colonoscopy
Digital Rectal Examination
Fecal Occult Blood Test
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the Abdomen

For other tests and diagnostic procedures use the section of this site called Medical Tests A to Z .

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Colon Polyps
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medication center
medication assistance

This section provides you with an alphabetical listing of more than 1,000 medications, including prescription drugs and those you can purchase over-the-counter. Just "click on" your medications to learn what they are used for, how to take them, special precautions, and some of the possible side effects. You can choose your medication by brand name or generic name.

Medications A-Z

If you are having difficulty paying for your medications you may qualify for financial assistance or free medications. Visit the Medication Assistance Center to learn about available medication and insurance programs.

Don't let financial problems stop you from getting the treatment you need; there are resources and organizations that may be able to help you.

additional resources

This listing provides you with Internet sites that are sponsored by government agencies or are well-known and credible national organizations.

ACOR-Association of Online Cancer Resources
American Cancer Society
Colon Cancer Alliance
Colorectal Cancer Network
MEDLINEplus-Colon Cancer
National Cancer Institute

Surfing the Internet
When looking at Internet sites, remember that the information can be sponsored by anyone. Take into account the sponsoring group or individual when gathering information or help. Be especially careful about giving out personal or financial information.

Learn more about surfing the web:

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Last modified on: 30 June 2015

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