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March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month

According to the American Cancer Society, in 2019, 101,420 Americans (51,690 men and 49,730 women) will learn they have colon cancer and 51,020 (27,640 men and 23,380 women) will dies of the disease. More than half of colorectal cancers are attributed to risk factors such as obesity, inactivity, long-term smoking and high consumption of red or processed meats. The 5-year survival rate for colorectal cancer is 65 percent. Learn how radiation therapy is used to treat colon cancer.
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WHAT TO EXPECT
Once a diagnosis of cancer has been made, you will probably talk with your primary care physician along with several cancer specialists, such as a surgeon, a medical oncologist and a radiation oncologist. You will want to ask these doctors about all your treatment options.
SURVIVOR CIRCLE
ASTRO established the Survivor Circle to honor cancer survivors and support groups during our Annual Meeting. The application period for both the Survivor Circle Award and Survivor Circle Grant are now open.
QUESTIONS TO ASK
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Learn important questions to ask before, during and after your treatment, including questions on radiation safety.

IMPORTANT RESOURCES FOR COLON, RECTUM AND ANUS CANCERS

Visit this informative section of the website for more information on radiation therapy for colorectal cancers.
Download the Radiation Therapy for Colorectal Cancers brochure.
Download the side effects chart for radiation therapy for colorectal cancers.
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