Colorectal cancer (AKA colon cancer) occurs in the colon (large intestine) or rectum. Abnormal growths (called polyps) can form in there, and over time, these polyps can turn into cancer. So how do you know if you have polyps? Screening tests can find them, and if you find them early enough, they can be removed before becoming cancerous.
Thanks to increased screening and polyp removal prior to cancer formation, the death rate from colon cancer has dropped in both men and women for several decades. What’s more, treatment for colon cancer has improved over the last few decades. As a result, there are now more than 1 million colorectal cancer survivors in the U.S..