Colorectal Cancer Survivorship

There are now over 1.1 million colorectal cancer survivors in the US alone living longer, healthier lives than ever before. Approximately two thirds of those diagnosed with colorectal cancer are living five years or more beyond diagnosis. 

Yet after treatment, many survivors of colorectal cancer face physical and psychological challenges. Colorectal cancer survivors are at higher risk for developing secondary cancers, bone damage and other health conditions. Lifestyle changes can help minimize and/or improve some of these conditions.

Decades of research have resulted in clear recommendations for reducing the risk of many cancers, including colorectal cancer. There is less research focusing on lifestyle’s impact on survivorship, yet it is a fast-growing area of study.

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Recommendations for Survivors

After treatment, AICR recommends that cancer survivors follow our recommendations for cancer prevention when and if you are able to do so. These recommendations also reduce the risk of other chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease. 

AICR's Recommendations for Cancer Prevention

Based on the global review of the research, here are the steps linked to lower risk of the most common cancers.

Resources that can help

AICR is here to help throughout your treatment and after it is completed.

AICR's CancerResource: Living with Cancer is a handbook on eating and being active both during and after treatment. It was developed with an Advisory Committee of experts.

You can download the handbook for free or order a hardcopy.

Visit our Healthy or Harmful section for answers to frequently asked questions.