Colorectal Cancer Quiz

Is your answer yes to any of the following questions?

Are you aged 50 or older? Y / N 
Has a parent, brother, sister or child of yours had colorectal cancer? Y / N
Has a parent, brother, sister, or child of yours had colon polyps? Y / N
Do you have a chronic inflammatory bowel disease such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease? Y / N

Depending upon your age and family history, you could be at risk for developing colorectal cancer.

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be at risk for developing colorectal cancer.

Colorectal cancer strikes men and women with almost equal frequency. In addition, it is often a silent disease, developing with no symptoms at all. When symptoms do occur they may include the following:

  • Blood in or on the stool
  • Change in bowel habits
  • Stools that are narrower than usual
  • General stomach discomfort (bloating, fullness, and/or cramps)
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea, constipation, or feeling that the bowel does not empty completely
  • Frequent gas pains
  • Weight loss for no apparent reason
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Constant tiredness

Colon cancer usually can be detected easily with regular screening, and it's highly treatable if found early. Even better, simple healthy choices can significantly lower your risk of developing the disease.

You should be screened because the disease is very common; one in every 17 Americans will develop it. Since polyps can take years to become cancer, screening takes advantage of this window of opportunity to remove the polyps and prevent cancer or to diagnose it before it spreads. If we can catch it early, treatment is more likely to be successful.

Screening means getting tested for a disease even if you don't have symptoms.