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The Ultimate Colorectal Cancer Quiz
by Staff
Colorectal cancer, also known as colon cancer, can take years to develop. If left unrecognized and untreated, it can lead to serious health complications, including the spreading of cancer to other vital areas of the body. Take this quiz and learn about the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of colorectal cancer.

Colorectal cancer involves the:

  • colon
  • intestine
  • colon and intestine

Where does colorectal cancer start?

  • in the rectum
  • in the lining of the bowel
  • in the intestine

Which of the following may be a sign of colorectal cancer?

  • soft stools
  • small dark stools
  • liquidity, light colored stools

What are the symptoms of colorectal cancer?

  • blood in the stool and anemia
  • gas pain, abdominal distress and hemorrhoids
  • both of the above

If colorectal cancer spreads to other parts of the body, it can cause other health concerns, such as:

  • liver cancer and jaundice
  • lung cancer and loss of appetite
  • both of the above

In addition to common colorectal cancer symptoms, there are also less common symptoms that are equally as concerning, such as:

  • thrombophlebitis and muscle problems
  • pancreatic problems and vision problems
  • both of the above

Colorectal cancer is fairly common and is the _____ most common form of cancer.

  • second
  • third
  • fourth

Which of the following health conditions is a risk factor for developing colorectal cancer?

  • diabetes
  • leaky gut syndrome
  • ulcerative colitis

Which of the following is a risk factor for developing colorectal cancer?

  • smoking
  • genetics
  • both of the above

A diet high in __________ is a risk factor for developing colorectal cancer.

  • meat
  • grains
  • dairy products

What should you include in your diet to prevent colorectal cancer?

  • calcium
  • fiber
  • both of the above

What is a sigmoidoscopy?

  • It's an analysis of your stool.
  • It's a procedure whereby a doctor can examine your colon.
  • It's a special X-ray for examining your intestine.

Beginning at 50 years, how often should you have a sigmoidoscopy?

  • every year
  • every two years
  • every three to five years

What is a colectomy?

  • A special procedure for removing polyps in the colon.
  • A special procedure that cleans out the colon.
  • Removal of the colon.

How are colorectal polyps removed?

  • by ingesting an acidic substance
  • by a sigmoidoscopy
  • by radiation therapy

How is colorectal cancer diagnosed?

  • colonoscopy
  • endoscopy
  • either of the above

Colorectal cancer that has spread to the bowel, but nowhere is else, is at what stage?

  • Stage A
  • Stage B1 and B2
  • Stage C and C2

Colorectal cancer that has spread to the bowel, lymph nodes and elsewhere, is at what stage?

  • Stage C1 and C2
  • Stage D
  • Terminal stage E

What is the prognosis of Stage D colorectal cancer?

  • It can be cured with very aggressive radiation and chemotherapy.
  • It can be cured with experimental drugs.
  • It is likely a terminal situation.

What are the side effects of radiation and chemotherapy for colorectal cancer?

  • bladder inflammation and erectile dysfunction
  • inflammation of the prostate and pelvic burns
  • both of the above