7. The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons says 140,000 new cases of colorectal cancer will be diagnosed this year.
Fifty-six thousand people will die of the disease this year.
What are the warning signs for colorectal cancer? Here is a list from the Colorectal Cancer Alliance.
8. A colectomy is the removal of some, or all of the colon.
A human being can live without a colon, but the body needs another route to rid itself of waste.
9. The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation details two common options for creating an alternate path once a colectomy is performed.
The first, an ileastomy, a surgically created hole in the abdominal wall that allows stools to pass. The second, an ileoanal pouch anal anastomosis, creates an internal pouch connected to the anus, which allows stools to pass naturally.