Colorectal Cancer

Woman holding model of human intestines in front of body on white backgroundColon cancer and rectal cancer are together known as colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer affects both the large intestine (colon) and the lower part of your digestive system. Risk factors include age, family history, race and diet. Early colorectal cancer may not cause symptoms so follow your doctor’s advice on how often to screen for colorectal cancer. For financial assistance with managing your condition, see our page on Free & Discounted Services.

For information on cancer screening, see our Cancer Screening page.

Support Groups & Forums

These sites allow patients to discuss their experiences with illnesses, treatments, and other health matters. Any information or opinions posted are those of the forum users themselves and are not a substitute for professional medical advice.

Mobile Apps & Tools

Mobile apps and tools give you easy-to-use information and resources that can help you get and stay healthy. For tips on choosing apps, see How to Choose a Good Health App by The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

  • Easy Prep: Colonoscopy from the Geisinger Health System is a free application provided to help explain and prepare you for the colonoscopy procedure. Free. iOS.


Resources selected by Ann Hallyburton, College of Health and Human Sciences, Western Carolina University.
Last reviewed June 19, 2024

Last updated June 19, 2024 at 2:28 pm