colon cancer colon cancer

This computer-enhanced barium contrast X-ray shows colon cancer in red. Researchers have been trying to figure out what looks to be a decade-long rise in colon cancer among people younger than 50. Scott Camazine/Science Source hide caption

toggle caption
Scott Camazine/Science Source

Many people think that colon cancer screening is no walk in the park. This giant inflatable colon on display at the University of Miami Health System campus was intended to help them think otherwise. Suzette Laboy/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Suzette Laboy/AP

Instructions for the colon screening test were devised so they can be understood in any language. Courtesy of Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research hide caption

toggle caption
Courtesy of Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research

Outfitted with two color cameras that run on batteries, the PillCam Colon capsule is being billed as a less invasive and less expensive option to a colonoscopy. Given Imaging hide caption

toggle caption
Given Imaging

Kristen Miller, a colonoscopy patient, sits with Dr. Stephen Hanauer at the University of Chicago Medical Center in Chicago in 2010. They're looking at an interactive computer program describing benefits and risks of the procedure. Brian Kersey/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Brian Kersey/AP

Dr. Joel Policzer checks on his patient, Lillian Landry, in the hospice wing of an Florida hospital in 2009. A new study found that many terminally ill cancer patients don't fully understand their prognosis. J. Pat Carter/AP hide caption

toggle caption
J. Pat Carter/AP

Many Terminal Cancer Patients Mistakenly Believe A Cure Is Possible

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/163572138/163570948" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Kristen Miller talks over the risks and benefits of colonoscopy with Stephen Hanauer, chief of gastroenterology at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Brian Kersey/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Brian Kersey/AP