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?
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.
- 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
- 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.
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
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
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
PUBLICATION DATE: January 2000
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