Colorectal Cancer - Did you know?

Colorectal cancer, cancer of the colon and rectum, is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States.

You may be at a higher risk for colorectal cancer as you get older, but with education and screening, you can help reduce your risk.

This March, Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, be sure to ask the right questions, and get the facts.

Screening Can Save Lives

For those 50 years and older, getting a colorectal cancer screening can be life saving.

Symptoms like the appearance of polyps in the colon or rectum, persistent stomach aches and pains, rapid weight loss and bloody bowel movements may be key indicators. While these symptoms may be indicative of other ailments, colorectal cancer screenings can help you take the right next steps.

Our Experts Answering Your Questions

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. To learn more about this screening, symptoms, treatments and the latest research, we’re teaming up with 6ABC for a live, streaming webchat.

James M. Metz, MD is the Vice Chair of the Clinical Division and Department of Radiation Oncology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, as well as the Associate Director for Clinical Services and Programs at the Abramson Cancer Center, and Najjia N. Mahmoud, MD is the Chief of the Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery as well as an Associate Professor of Colon and Rectal Surgery at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. These Penn Medicine experts will be answering user-submitted questions in a live online chat.

Want to know more about:

  • Colorectal Cancer Screening?
  • Risk Evaluation?
  • Hereditary Risk?
  • Cutting Edge Treatment Options?
  • New Breakthrough Clinical Trials?
  • Survivorship?

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James M. Metz, MDNajjia N. Mahmoud, MD