Cheryl was diagnosed with Stage 2 Colorectal Cancer in 2011 during a routine colonoscopy at age 55. She would have been screened at age 50, but at that time she was already battling breast cancer.
After her colon cancer diagnosis, doctors recommended taking immediate action. Her specialist recommended a port, chemo, radiation, and resection surgery.
Cancer that comes back after treatment is called a recurrence. But some cancer survivors develop a new, unrelated cancer later. This is called a second cancer.
Women who have had breast cancer can get any type of second cancer, but they have a higher risk for certain types of cancer, including colon cancer.