In the cancer community usually, immune cells in a tumor can improve one’s chances of survival. However, a new study recently found that colorectal cancer patients with too many immune cells may be at risk for disease recurrence and increased risk of death.

New research from City of Hope, an independent research center, published a study in the Journal of Clinical Investigation that offered insight that the standard view of immunology as a positive may adversely affect colorectal cancer patients. 71 patients with colorectal cancer at the City of Hope had immune cells and all of the patients relapsed – all even earlier than those who did not have the immune cells are still relapsed. The researchers hypothesized that the patients’ immune systems were on overdrive.

The study offered new insight into immunotherapy and Immunoscore, which is a recent benchmark that may predict the risk of colon cancer recurring in survivors. City of Hope has identified new recurrence insight based on their studies and hope to apply the same techniques to breast cancer patients and eventually melanoma and lung cancer.

Read more about the study and ask your physician about any questions you may have. 


Join us for the 2020 Colon Cancer Challenge on March, 29, 2020 in Randall’s Island, New York City. This year is the 17th anniversary of the Colon Cancer Challenge, where the nation comes together to raise awareness of colorectal cancer and raise funds for the Colon Cancer Foundation.


Off to the Races

This year, we are excited to announce our top finishes in the male and female 5K category will receive a cash prize! We will also have our 5th Annual Kids Fun Run, where children 12-years-old and younger and encouraged to participate and receive a Finishers Medal. Rounding out the activities is a two-mile scenic walk across Randall’s Island, which has unrivalled views of Manhattan.


Survivor Recognition

The Colon Cancer Foundation invites everyone to celebrate their personal victory over colon cancer with a Survivors Commemorative Photo and Victory Lap on the Icahn Stadium track. Survivors will also gain access to a special VIP tent and refreshments during the event, including general access to sponsor and exhibitor booths.

Register now to take part in the 2020 Colon Cancer Challenge and learn more about registration.


February is Fiber Awareness Month, which is a perfect time to learn more about fiber and the role it can play in preventing colorectal cancer. Fiber-rich foods are known for their immense health benefits and multiple studies link fiber to a lower risk of colon cancer.


While it is well-known that fiber leads to a lower risk of colon cancer, did you also know it may help those who have battled colorectal cancer to live longer? The Cleveland Clinic recently found in questionnaires and medical records from 1,575 people that those who had been treated  for early-stage colon cancer had a 20% reduction in dying if they ate more fiber-rich foods. Additionally, they also faced a 15% lower risk of dying from other diseases, too.


How can you get your daily intake of fiber-rich foods? Luckily, fiber is found in many fruits/vegetables and dry goods, according to WedMD.

  • Raspberries have 8 grams of fiber per cup
  • Medium-sized artichokes have 10 grams of fiber
  • Beans are high in fiber and protein
  • Cereals with 5 or more grams of fiber per serving are a smart choice
  • Popcorn is a fiber-friendly snack with low calories


You can also look for fiber-fortified products, such as milk or juices. The study from the Cleveland Clinic highlighted high-fiber cereal and whole grains as the most beneficial sources of fiber, followed by fruits and vegetables. Even a small change in adding fiber to a patient’s diet showed an improvement in those diagnosed with colon cancer.


Comment below and let us know how you incorporate fiber into your diet.


If you have someone in your life that you would like to honor while supporting the mission of the Colon Cancer Foundation, consider creating a tribute page. A tribute page either celebrates the life of a colorectal cancer survivor or honors their memory. Tribute pages offer an opportunity to help others fight one of the United States’ deadliest cancers.

You can create a Tribute Page by visiting our Donate and Support section on our website. A Tribute Page is a perfect opportunity to share your loved one’s story and encourage others to get involved in the fight against colorectal cancer. Visitors to the page can pledge support to the Colon Cancer Foundation, which will support colorectal cancer patients and survivors across the nation — unlike flowers of gifts! Our CCF Donation Center will then help you tackle donations by sending you a convenient notification every time someone takes an action on your Tribute Page.

There are various ways that you can create a Tribute Page. First, you can make a Lasting Tribute Page to honor a loved one that was successful in fighting colorectal cancer. You may also create an In Memory or In Honor Tribute Page if your loved one’s life was taken too shortly by colon cancer. For either version, please contact us at or call at 914.305.6674 for more information on how to get started.

Finally, you may also choose to make your donation through the mail. If you send a donation in the mail, make sure to include a note with the name of the person you are honoring and an address where you would like the acknowledgment of donation to go. Please address your contribution as:


ATTN: Honor/Memorial Gifts

Colon Cancer Foundation

10 Midland Ave, Suite M-06

Port Chester, NY 10573


For more information, please contact us at or call us at 914.305.6674.


Colorectal cancer, which is one of the deadliest forms of cancer, will affect around 1 in 22 men and 1 in 24 women in our lifetime. While there are numerous links between hereditary and lifestyle risks of developing colon cancer, there are still unknown risks with the disease. Recently, researchers in France discovered a new link between onset colorectal cancer.


Hôpitaux Universitaires Henri Mondor’s Dr. Iradj Sobhani and the University Paris-Est Créteil conducted research in a mice model that shows the correlation between onset colorectal cancer and the dysbiosis, a sensitive gut microbiota.


The study was conducted based on previous research that showed a link between gut microbes and onset colon cancer. The study covered 136 mice, which had stool samples from nine people with sporadic colon cancer or nine people without colon cancer.


The mice that had samples from those with sporadic colon cancer had traces of dysbiosis and precancerous lesions. The results of the research prompted the group to develop a non-invasive blood test to screen for dysbiosis.


The researchers were able to link their blood test in preliminary studies, but will run larger trials to ensure it can be implemented on a larger scale. The non-invasive blood test is a promising step forward in helping to diagnose those that will develop colon cancer without a predisposed risk factor.


Stay up-to-date on other colorectal cancer news and research with the Colon Cancer Foundation blog.


Will Smith, best known for his role in the Fresh Prince of Bel Air and numerous blockbuster movies, made headline news for his role in raising awareness of colon cancer. 


African-Americans have the highest death rate and shortest survival of most cancers in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society. Colon cancer is the third most common cancer in African-Americans and the most common ethnic group to develop colorectal cancer. Incident rates are 19% higher for African-American women and 24% higher for African-American men compared to Caucasians.


Because of these daunting statistics, Smith used his platform to raise awareness to his social media followers. Smith vlogged his visit to the doctor where he received a colonoscopy. During the procedure, a precancerous polyp was found and removed. Smith and his doctor discussed the ramifications of colon cancer and what would have happened if he had not received a colonoscopy. 


Watch Smith’s experience in this short video:


We applaud Smith for using his platform to discuss the risks of colon cancer and to raise awareness of this deadly disease. Share this article with a loved one and make sure your family members are getting tested at their recommended age.


During the holiday season, it can be difficult to stay healthy and keep your lifestyle and fitness goals. However, maintaining a healthy diet and staying active is a key component to helping fight early age onset colon cancer. Find a way to balance the holiday season with your loved ones and also keeping your health a priority with these simple tips.


Eat mindfully

While it can be easy to get carried away with holiday eating, make sure to balance your plate with whole foods, fruits and vegetables. A diet full of fresh fruits and vegetables are linked to decreasing your risk of early age onset colorectal cancer and shouldn’t full off of your plate during the holidays. There’s nothing wrong with treating yourself with a few sweets, but make sure to balance the rest of your meal.


Stay hydrated

The holiday season often brings copious amounts of alcohol. Try limiting yourself to only having a glass or two a night. Alcohol has links to colon and rectal cancer, so make sure to drink in moderation. Make sure to up your water content, too.


Stay connected through activities

Consider adding a new family tradition by incorporating activities that get you on your feet. After dinner, go for a walk around your neighborhood with your family or add a few exercises to your evenings while you watch TV together. Find small ways to get moving together while enjoying each other’s company.


While you’re focusing on your health this holiday season, also consider giving the gift of life by donating to the Colon Cancer Foundation. Donate today to support colon cancer patients, survivors and the research that helps us understand more about this deadly disease.


If you’re in New York City this upcoming week, join the Colon Cancer Foundation for our 2019 Ride for Research. We’ll be clipping in for a Charity Spin Class that will benefit our work to help eradicate colon cancer and support survivors and patients.

In the United States, colon cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in men and in women, according to the American Cancer Society. When you combine men and women, it’s the second most common cause of cancer deaths. An estimated 51,020 people will die in 2019 from colon cancer.

The Young Leadership Board (YLB) of the Colon Cancer Foundation partnering with SWERVE Fitness on Dec. 7, 2019, to offer the charity spin class at either 12:30 p.m. or 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $65 and will include the 45-minute spin class, shoe rental and a bottle of water. The address is at 21 West 46th Street, New York, NY.

All proceeds will be donated directly to the Colon Cancer Foundation, which helps fund research focused on early age onset of colorectal cancer. Learn more about our research program and past grant awardees on our website.

Since the American Cancer Society reduced its screening guidelines for colorectal cancer, it’s no surprise that more young adults are affected by early age onset colon cancer. What is surprising, and just as alarming, is that more young adults are dying from colorectal cancer.

According to the American Cancer Society, the United States has seen a 51% increase in colorectal cancer in those under 50-years-old since 1994. The American Cancer Society reduced its screening guidelines for those at standard risk to 45-years-old because of the rise in early age onset colorectal cancer.

Despite the change in screening standards, mortality rates are increasing for those with early age onset colorectal cancer. According to Colorectal Cancer Alliance research, 67% of young early age onset colorectal cancer patients saw anywhere from two to four doctors before being diagnosed. This means that many patients were slow to recognize their symptoms, which can aid in early detection. 

Early symptoms may include: 

  • A change your bowel habits
  • Diarrhea and constipation
  • Frequent gas, bloating or cramps


Learn more about the common symptoms of colorectal cancer and educate your loved ones on how to get screened on our blog. If you have any questions, please reach out to us in the comments.


Have you heard of Giving Tuesday before? It’s the perfect time to show your support for the Colon Cancer Foundation by making a quick and easy donation. Giving Tuesday occurs on the Thursday after Thanksgiving, which means it lands on Dec. 3, 2019, this year. Join the millions of Americans across the country who are showing support for the communities they care about by donating on Giving Tuesday.


Why should I donate on Giving Tuesday?

The Colon Cancer Foundation values your time, so we made it easy for you to donate and show your support for colon cancer patients and their families. When you donate through Facebook, 100% of the donations made through Facebook Payments go directly to the Colon Cancer Foundation.


How do I donate on Giving Tuesday?

To donate on Giving Tuesday, visit our Facebook page on Dec. 3, 2019. There will be an easy to spot button that will direct you to make a donation. You can also send us a private message if you would like any assistance. Make sure to donate through Facebook on Giving Tuesday to take advantage of Facebook’s match.


How else can I show my support for the Colon Cancer Foundation on Giving Tuesday?

We understand that donating may not be the best way to show your support. There are multiple ways to show your support on Giving Tuesday. Make sure to share the Colon Cancer Foundation’s social media posts online and tell your friends about the match. For other volunteer opportunities, please contact us at or (914) 305-6674.