Colon cancer is one of the most common cancers in both men and women. The chance of getting this disease increases with age. Most cases arise from pre-existing polyps, but colon cancer can also arise on its own. Because of its location in the abdomen and its ability to spread, colon cancer has a high mortality rate. However, if you catch colon cancer early, it has a cure rate of over 90%.
If one or more people in your family have had colon cancer, your risk of getting it is higher. The risk is highest if a first-degree relative, a parent or sibling, had colon cancer. Although a positive family history doesn't mean you have colon cancer, take it as a warning to observe yourself more carefully for the following signs and to have yourself screened by a health professional. See your doctor if your family has a history of colon cancer and you have one or more of these signs.
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