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Awareness Key To The Colon Cancer Fight

One of the keys to eradicating colon cancer is awareness. Being aware of risk factors, symptoms, family history and screening options will not only help in fighting the disease itself, but could mean the difference between life and death.

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Football Star Says His Mission Is To Save Lives

No one expects to be diagnosed with colorectal cancer, especially a former professional football player who takes pride in staying in good physical condition. Yet that’s exactly what happened to former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Vince Papale. Vince, 56, is now on a crusade to encourage men and women over age 40 to get screened for colorectal cancer.

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Colorectal Cancer Survivor: ‘Timing Is Everything’

Three years ago, 61-year-old Sharon Tschider from Bismarck, North Dakota, noticed she had bleeding with her bowel movements. Married and the mother of seven children, at first she thought the bleeding was coming from hemorrhoids resulting from her many pregnancies. But after the bleeding continued for two months, she went to her gastroenterologist. He performed a colonoscopy, an exam using a scope that views the entire colon, and found a rectal cancer.

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The Colon: What It Is And Why It’s Important

What exactly is the colon and what is its function? Read this article to learn the answers to these questions, and more.

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Common Questions About Colorectal Cancer

What is colorectal cancer? What’s a polyp? What causes the deadly disease? Here are some answers to the questions you may have about colorectal cancer.

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Colorectal Cancer Rates By State

In the following maps, the U.S. states are divided into groups based on the rates at which people developed or died from colorectal cancer in 2007, the most recent year for which statistics are available. The rates are the numbers out of 100,000 people who developed or died from colorectal cancer each year.

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Patients Share Their Colorectal Screening Stories

Visiting the doctor can be a scary time for some, even when all that’s expected is a routine check-up. So imagine the kinds of worries some may have when it’s time for a colorectal screening. Four patients share their experiences undergoing the exam.

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Lowering Your Risk For Colorectal Cancer

Avoiding alcohol, regular exercise, and sticking to a healthy diet are just a few of the ways you can reduce your chances of developing colorectal cancer.

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Colorectal Cancer Screening

This article explains the importance of testing for symptoms that may reveal a disease or condition that could lead to colon or rectal cancer.

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Colorectal Cancer: Myths And Misconceptions

Some say ignorance is bliss, but experience tends to prove otherwise. Make sure you’re informed about the truths and misconceptions concerning colorectal cancer by reviewing this list of myths and realities concerning the disease.

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Get The Facts About Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer – cancer of the colon and rectum – is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States for both men and women combined.

02/28/2011