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January 2000

Fourth Most Common Cancer Is Second Leading Cause of Cancer Death

What is Colon & Rectal Cancer?

Colon & rectal cancer begins as the uncontrolled growth of cells that line the innermost surface of the large intestine (colon) and rectum.

Who gets Colon & Rectal Cancer?

  • There's a steady increase in colon cancer among those living increasingly far from the equator.
  • Males are diagnosed more frequently than females.
  • Black people are diagnosed more often than white people. They are also diagnosed at a later stage, earlier age, and survive for shorter periods of time.
  • Although primarily a disease of older adults, colon and rectal cancer accounts for 2 to 6 percent of cases among those aged 40 and younger.
SEBASTOPOL, CA --There are 130,000 new cases of colon and rectal cancer diagnosed in the United States each year, making it the fourth most common cancer. However, the American Cancer Society estimates that colon & rectal cancer is the second most common cause of cancer deaths.

Colon & Rectal Cancer: A Comprehensive Guide for Patients & Families by Lorraine Johnston will help those living with colon & rectal cancer (and their families) to participate in their own healthcare. It describes: current treatment options; clinical trials and promising future treatments; characteristics of colon cancer, suspected causes and factors in prognoses; dealing with tests, symptoms, and treatment side effects; how to manage stress and best communicate with medical personnel, and stories from those living with colon cancer.

Treatments for colon & rectal cancer are changing at a rapid pace. Colon & Rectal Cancer is the only in-depth book on the disease that is written for patients and their families who need up-to-date and thorough information to participate wisely in treatment decisions. This book gives the reader the necessary tools and starting points for research and discussions with doctors.

About the Author

Lorraine Johnston, who has a bachelor's degree in life sciences, is a respected member of the online cancer community, the wife of an eight-year lymphoma survivor, and the daughter of a twenty-year lymphoma survivor. In the course of her efforts, she has been interviewed by National Public Radio's Marketplace program regarding the best ways to find reliable medical information using the Internet. She is also the author of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphomas: Making Sense of Diagnosis, Treatment & Options (Patient-Centered Guides, 1999).

Colon & Rectal Cancer: A Comprehensive Guide for Patients & Families
by Lorraine Johnston
$24.95, 528 pages, paperback
ISBN: 1-56592-633-1

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