Each year about 71,000 men and 64,000 women get the diagnosis of colorectal cancer. The disease claims more than 50,000 lives each year — making it the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths.
Fortunately, with early detection the disease can be treated. More than 1 million Americans are currently colon cancer survivors.
This video report with Dr. Nilay Kumar, a gastroenterologist from Aurora Health Care, discusses colorectal cancer signs and the screenings available for this disease.
Some of the symptoms of colorectal cancer include:
Screenings for colorectal cancer include stool tests, radiological tests or the gold standard: the screening colonoscopy. It allows for both the detection and removal of polyps at the same time.
To decide on which screening test is best for you, check with your health care professional.