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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 in for everything. If my elbow hurts or I get the sniffles, I’m calling right away for an appointment. If something’s wrong, I’d rather know now when I can still do something about it than when it’s too late and I can’t. 

That’s why it’s so ironic that I was diagnosed with stage IV colorectal...

Stage IV colorectal cancer survivor Kris Sokolowski on a hilltop in Bora Bora, with the ocean in the background

BY Jaystan Davis

I was just coming off of my first year playing college basketball in August 2021 when I was diagnosed with stage IV colorectal cancer.&nbsp...

BY Devon Carter

An estimated one in every 288 people has Lynch syndrome. “It’s about 1 million people in the United States,” says Eduardo Vilar-Sanchez, M.D...

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.  

But what are colon polyps? Who gets them? And why do they need to be removed? We checked in with gastroenterologist David Richards, M.D. 

What is a colon polyp?

I usually describe it as a little growth that develops in the lining of the large intestine, or colon....

Close-up medical illustration of a lasso-shaped wire snare being used to remove a colon polyp inside the large intestine

BY Devon Carter

Polyps are clusters of cells that can develop in the entire gastrointestinal tract, but they’re more likely seen in the small intestine, colon...

BY Rebecca Howell, Ph.D.

I’ve never been diagnosed with cancer, but I still get screened at MD Anderson for both breast cancer and skin cancer every year. And I tell...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Many cancers have been linked to genetic mutations, whether they’re inherited or occur spontaneously.

Certain BRCA mutations, for instance...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Though it happens very infrequently, sometimes people develop a second type of cancer in addition to the first. This could be due to a number...

BY Ronda Wendler

People with a rare, inherited disorder called von Hippel-Lindau disease develop cancerous and noncancerous tumors in up to 10 different parts...

BY Gretchen Lee Herrera

I had just finished breastfeeding my one-year-old in October 2017, when I felt a lump in my left breast during a shower. I knew there was...