Colorectal Cancer Canada is the nation's non-profit colorectal cancer patient organization. We are dedicated to colorectal cancer awareness and education, supporting patients and caregivers, and advocating on their behalf. Our goal is to reduce the incidence and mortality of colorectal cancer in Canada and to improve the quality of life for patients, their families and caregivers.
Learn more about Colorectal Cancer Canada and what we do.
What is colorectal cancer? The colon and rectum make up the last part of the gastrointestinal (digestive) system. Colorectal cancer is cancer that affects either the colon or rectum, or both. It may also be referred to as colon cancer or rectal cancer, depending on where the cancer originates.
Become familiar with common colorectal cancer signs and symptoms. If you notice any symptoms, be sure to inform your doctor as soon as possible. When caught early, colorectal cancer is highly treatable.
Learn more about colorectal cancer symptoms
The type (colon and/or rectal), location, stage of your cancer, the biomarkers expressed in your tumour and your general health will determine which treatment is best for you. Understand your options and make informed decisions about your treatment.
Learn more about colorectal cancer treatment
Find out more about the factors that increase the chance of developing colorectal cancer. Knowing your risk factors and discussing them with your doctor can help you make more informed health care choices, such as participating in screening at an earlier age if necessary.
Learn more about COLORECTAL CANCER RISK FACTORS
Keeping up to date with colorectal cancer screening is an important part of prevention. A screening test checks for colorectal cancer when there are no signs and symptoms of the disease. Participating in screening helps to remove precancerous polyps and detect colorectal cancer at an earlier stage when it is more treatable.
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We’ve been there, and we are here to help you every step of the way. It is important to begin by gathering the resources you need to be your best advocate. There have been many new advances in colorectal cancer patient care – we want you to be aware of the latest information. Take the time to:
Talk to your doctor about biomarkers
and find the support you need
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