1. Colorectal cancers include cancers of the large intestine and rectum.

  2. Colorectal cancer usually starts in the cells that make mucous to lubricate the inside of the colon and rectum.

  3. This type of cancer often starts in non-cancerous polyps in the intestinal tract.

  4. Screening tests can find polyps or cancers at an early stage, when treatment is most successful.

  5. Symptoms of colon cancer can include blood in your stool, weight loss and changes in bowel habits.

  6. Getting a diagnosis of colorectal cancer usually includes having a biopsy and other tests that will tell your cancer team how advanced you cancer is.

  7. The best treatment for colorectal cancer depends on the stage of your cancer and its location.

  8. Treatment options may include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, targeted therapy and immunotherapy.

  9. When found early and treated at an early stage, colorectal cancer often can be cured.

  10. Many of the newest treatment options for advanced colorectal cancers are being given in clinical trials.