Module 1: What is Colon Cancer

What is Colon Cancer?
This animation provides an overview on colon cancer. It describes the anatomy and function of the colon, the causes, risk factors, and symptoms of colon cancer, and how you can manage and lower your risk for colon cancer. It also explains how early detection of colon cancer via a screening colonoscopy can lead to better health outcomes. The different stages of colon cancer are also discussed and how speaking with your doctor can help determine the stage of your cancer and what treatment options may be best for you.
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Module 1: Symptoms of Colon Cancer

What are the Symptoms of Colon Cancer?
This animation describes the various symptoms you might have if you have colon cancer. The numerous tests used to screen for colon cancer are reviewed, including home stool tests, CT scans, colonoscopies, and sigmoidoscopies. The effectiveness and significance of removing polyps by doing a colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy is also explained. Colon cancer risk factors such as your age, family history of the disease, your lifestyle habits, and having other certain diseases are discussed as well.
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This educational activity has been developed by Colon Cancer Coalition and Mechanisms in Medicine Inc.

This activity is supported by an independent educational grant from Amgen.

This website is part of the Animated Patient™ series developed by Mechanisms in Medicine Inc., to provide highly visual formats of learning for patients to improve their understanding, make informed decisions, and partner with their healthcare professionals for optimal outcomes.