Colorectal cancer is a cancer that affects the colon and rectum.
It is the third most common cancer in the US and the second leading cause of cancer death.
Risk factors include age, family history, and lifestyle factors like smoking and diet.
Symptoms include changes in bowel habits, blood in stool, abdominal pain, and weight loss.
Regular screening tests can detect colorectal cancer early for better treatment.
Treatment options include surgery, radiation and chemotherapy.
Lifestyle changes can lower the risk of developing colorectal cancer.
Preventable through regular screening and removal of precancerous polyps.
Starting screening at age 50 or earlier if family history is present.