To learn more about colorectal cancer prevention and treatment, contact these organizations.
AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY
(800) ACS-2345 (227-2345)
TTY: (866) 228-4327
A nationwide voluntary health organization dedicated to preventing cancer, diminishing suffering from cancer, and saving lives. Enter “colon” or “colorectal” in the Web site’s search bar to pull up links to a variety of informative sources, including a colon cancer fact sheet and a brochure covering topics such as signs of colorectal cancer and research on colorectal cancer. A detailed guide to colon and rectum cancer, which includes definitions, information about the diagnostic process, treatment options, and questions to ask your doctor, can be found here.
NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE
(800) 4-CANCER (422-6237)
TTY: (800) 332-8615
The main government agency in charge of researching and distributing information about cancer. Look under “Types of Cancer” for “Colon and Rectal Cancer.” Topics include screening and testing, causes, treatment, and statistics. Links are also provided to help with finding further literature on colon and rectal cancer, including information on research and trials.
AMERICAN INSTITUTE FOR CANCER RESEARCH
A nonprofit organization that offers educational programs and supports research looking at the role of diet in preventing and treating cancer. Type “colorectal” into the search bar on the organization’s Web site to find relevant information, including a brochure on risk factors, warning signs, and dietary changes that can reduce the risk of colorectal cancer.
NATIONAL DIGESTIVE DISEASES INFORMATION CLEARINGHOUSE
A service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Includes information on a variety of conditions that affect the colon, including colon polyps and ulcerative colitis.
CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION
(800) CDC-INFO (232-4636)
TTY: (888) 232-6348
A component of the Department of Health and Human Services. Under “Health & Safety Topics,” click “Diseases and Conditions,” then “Cancer.” The section on colorectal cancer includes links to a glossary, basic information, publications, statistics, and questions to ask your doctor, among other things. Also includes information in Spanish.