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Who Gets Colon Cancer?

Learn about genetic and familial colon cancer syndromes, including hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer (HNPCC or Lynch syndrome), familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP), juvenile polyposis (JP), and Peutz-Jeghers syndrome (PJS).

Colon Cancer and Thin Stools
Bowel habit changes, such as thin or ribbon-like stools, may be a symptom of advanced colon cancer. Learn more about the causes of this symptom and how to recognize and report bowel habit changes.

Can I Inherit Colon Cancer?
Although you cannot inherit colon cancer, you can inherit specific gene mutations that greatly increase your risk for the disease. Learn more about these familial gene mutations, genetic testing, and colon cancer screening recommendations.

Advice About Bright Red Blood in Stool
Blood in the stool is not a normal finding, and can be quite a scary experience. Learn about the causes, treatment and diagnosis of blood in the stool.

Diagnosis of Colon Cancer
Information for individuals and loved ones facing the diagnosis, staging and treatment of colon cancer.

Can IBD Cause Colon Cancer?
If you suffer from chronic bowel disease, you may be concerned about the likelihood of developing colon cancer. Learn how to protect yourself and your colon.

What is Peutz-Jeghers Syndrome?
Learn about Peutz-Jeghers Syndrome, a condition which can increase the risk of colon and other cancers.

What is Sporadic Colon Cancer?
Learn about the type of colon cancer that makes up 75% of all cases of this disease diagnosed in the US each year.

What is Hereditary Nonpolyposis Colorectal Cancer or Lynch Syndrome?
Learn about a type of colon cancer called hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer or Lynch syndrome.

What is Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP)?
Learn about familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP), a condition which increases risk of colorectal cancer.

What is Juvenile Polyposis?
Learn about juvenile polyposis (JP), a condition which increases risk of colon cancer.

A colon polyp is an abnormal growth in the lining of your colon. There are many different types of polyps, but only 10 percent of them will grow into colon cancer. Learn more about the types of polyps, the risk for colon cancer and how they are treated.

Gas, Bloating and Colon Cancer
The signs and symptoms of colon cancer are a collection of vague gastrointestinal symptoms, which can include gas and bloating. Pay attention to your gastrointestinal distress signals – this is how your body notifies you that something is amiss in your digestive tract.

Your Lifestyle and Colon Cancer
There are just as many controllable risk factors as there are uncontrollable when it comes to colon cancer. Learn how to decrease your personal risk and change the lifestyle factors that may be increasing your chances of developing this disease.

Genetic Testing for Colon Cancer

Genetic testing is an option to consider if you have a family history of cancer. Genetic testing uses your DNA -- a blueprint of your cellular make-up -- to test for known mutations that can increase your risk for colon cancer.


Protecting Young Colons

Although it has the stigma as an "elderly disease," colon cancer can strike any person of any age.


Do My Bowels Move Regularly?
Acute bowel habit changes can be a normal symptom of dietary changes or a minor illness, but can also be a sign of colon cancer.

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