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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 bowel disorder that can affect the entire gastrointestinal tract. It usually targets the end of the small intestine or the colon.

Experts aren’t sure what exactly causes Crohn’s disease. Research suggests it may be related to the balance of good and bad bacteria in the gut microbiome...

open notebook that says Crohn's disease, wtih pills and glasses

BY Danielle Underferth

Colorectal cancer shares some symptoms with a less serious, but much more common disease: irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). So how do you know...

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 average-risk adults to begin screening from 50 to 45. The draft recommendation will undergo further review before it’s finalized, but the lower screening age is consistent with the change the American Cancer Society made to their colorectal cancer screening guidelines in 2018.

These changes...

Colorectal cancer written on printed paper

BY Danielle Underferth

Colorectal cancer is on the decline. Experts chalk that up to more people getting their regular colonoscopies, which can actually prevent...

BY Marty Reeder

I’m a professional martial artist, so I’m very aware of my body and live a healthy lifestyle. That’s why it took me by surprise when I was...

BY Therese Bevers, M.D.

When it comes to cancer screenings, some women might think, “Well, I don’t have any symptoms, so I don’t need them.” But that’s actually when...

BY Kenneth Rolston, M.D.

I was hired as an infectious disease specialist by MD Anderson in 1983. And until I retired in January 2019, I routinely helped patients with...

BY Devon Carter

A cancer diagnosis can provoke a range of emotions and prompt endless questions. So throughout the year, we shared dozens of insights from...

BY Tara Kirk

When I was 6 years old, my mother died from cancer. She was only 35, and at the time, her death came as a shock to everyone in our family....