Colon (colorectal) Cancer

Colon (colorectal) cancer is one of the most common cancers in New York State and the second leading cause of cancer deaths among men and women combined. Colorectal cancer is cancer that starts in the colon or rectum. The colon and rectum are part of the body's digestive system. To learn more about the colon and rectum – where they are and how they work, visit

Men and women of all racial and ethnic groups get colon cancer. It is most often found in people ages 50 and older. With regular testing (also called screening), colon cancer can be stopped before it starts, or found early when it is easier to treat.

All men and women ages 50 and older should talk to their doctor about being tested. If you or someone in your family has had colon cancer or certain other conditions, you may need to start testing earlier.

A Conversation about Colon Cancer: UAlbany Men's Basketball Captain, Peter Hooley discusses importance of Colon Cancer Screening