Colorectal Cancer

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is cancer?
  2. What is colorectal cancer?
  3. How common is colorectal cancer?
  4. Has the death rate from colorectal cancer increased or decreased in the past few decades?
  5. What are some of the risk factors for colorectal cancer?
  6. If I have a polyp, does that mean I'm going to get colorectal cancer?
  7. Does the condition known as ulcerative colitis increase my risk of getting colorectal cancer?
  8. Does diet play a role in colorectal cancer?
  9. If a family member had colorectal cancer, what are the chances I will have the disease?
  10. What are possible signs of colorectal cancer?
  11. What are some of the tools used to detect colorectal cancer?
  12. Does the U.S. government have any specific recommendations about getting tested for colorectal cancer?
  13. If colorectal cancer is found, how do doctors describe how far the cancer has spread?
  14. What are the standard methods for treating colorectal cancer?
  15. What types of surgery are available for someone with colorectal cancer?
  16. Are there any treatments that follow surgery?
  17. What are some of the side effects of treatment for colorectal cancer?
  18. How do doctors determine if colorectal cancer has returned?
  19. Are there therapies that use a person's own immune system to fight colorectal cancer?
  20. What are some of the newest drugs doctors use to combat colorectal cancer?
  21. Are there any drugs available that can help prevent colorectal cancer?
  22. Are there genes that put me at greater risk of getting colorectal cancer?
  23. Are there other options for someone with colorectal cancer?
  24. Who can provide emotional support for someone dealing with colorectal cancer?

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