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Colon Cancer:  No Longer a Disease of Older Adults

Heidi Rula, MD

Medical Director of the Supportive Care Services Department

 Colon cancer is a disease most young adults feel they will not need to worry about until they get older and certainly not something they need to concern themselves within their 20’s, 30’s or 40’s.  But a worrisome trend in colon cancer rates is proving this theory wrong.  Since the 1990s, the rate of colon cancer in people younger than 50 has doubled.

Not only are more young adults being diagnosed with colon cancer, but we are seeing more young adults die from this cancer.   The world was shocked this year when we lost Chadwick Boseman, the famous actor who starred in the “Black Panther” movie.  He was in his late 30’s when he was diagnosed with advanced colon cancer and died from the disease at the age of 43.

Colon Cancer:  No Longer a Disease of Older Adults


Medical Oncology

A collaborative partnership with you, your family, and our Ironwood Cancer & Research Centers oncology team.

  • Secure an appointment within 24-48 hours of receiving a cancer diagnosis.
  • Several convenient locations to address all of your cancer care needs.
  • Multidisciplinary cancer care team that will consider all relevant options for your treatment plan.
  • Multi-specialty treatment options including chemotherapy, radiation, immunotherapy, and surgery.
  • Clinical trials are available for patients who qualify.
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  • 3 Dimensional Radiation Therapy (3D)
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  • Diagnostic Testing
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What are the advantages of Ironwood Women’s Centers for Breast & Gynecologic  Surgery?

  • Diagnosis and treatment of benign and malignant disease
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  • Aspiration of cysts and abscesses
  • Breast wound management
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