Colon cancer screening is the key to early detection The survival rate for colon cancer is very high – 90 per cent – when it is detected early. That’s why screening is so important: the goal is to find cancer while it is still in these early stages, when treatment is very successful.
This month's topic: Which gastrointestinal symptoms does your doctor need to know about? The gastrointestinal (GI) tract includes your esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon (or large intestine) and rectum. When it’s functioning smoothly, you may not give it a second thought. But when there’s a glitch in the system, some GI issues can get your attention pretty quickly. Other GI symptoms may be more subtle. It can be hard to know which things to report to your doctor.