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BY David Hensley

Unless you’re a patient, or know a friend or relative who has it, I can’t imagine most people think too much about cancer — much less where they’d go if they got it. Why would you, if you didn’t absolutely have to? Before March 2015, I’d never been sick a day in my life, so I had no reason to think about cancer, either.

But when I was diagnosed with colorectal cancer— and then superficial spreading melanoma later that same year...

Melanoma and colorectal cancer survivor David Hensley

BY Cynthia DeMarco

What are the symptoms of colorectal cancer in women? Are they any different from the symptoms that men normally experience? And is it possible...

BY Kris Sokolowski

The running joke in my family is that I’m always at the doctor’s office. I’ve never missed a checkup since I was in my early 20s. And I go...

BY Betty Ashford

I’ve been treated for three different types of cancer at MD Anderson. The first one was a rare skull base tumor called mucoepidermoid carcinoma. It appeared as a bump on the roof of my mouth in April 2007. The second was breast cancer detected through a routine mammogram in June 2017. And the third was colorectal cancer found during a routine colonoscopy in July 2018.

The first and third cancers were caught early enough that I...

Three-time cancer survivor Betty Ashford

BY Cynthia DeMarco

If you’re age 45 or older, your doctor may have already talked to you about the need to start getting a colonoscopy to check for polyps.&nbsp...

BY Danielle Underferth

Having Crohn’s disease doesn’t mean you will get colorectal cancer, but it does increase your risk.

Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory...

BY Danielle Underferth

Last updated Oct. 4, 2021

Colorectal cancer shares some symptoms with a less serious, but much more common disease: irritable bowel...

BY Wade Mason Jr.

Last year was an emotional rollercoaster for me. In May, I found out I had colorectal cancer after my first colonoscopy. June brought the...

BY Clayton Boldt and Meagan Raeke

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) released a new draft colorectal cancer screening recommendation today, lowering the age for...

BY Danielle Underferth

Last updated Oct. 4, 2021

Colorectal cancer is on the decline. Experts chalk that up to more people getting their regular colonoscopies...