Colorectal Cancer

Published on January 4th, 2018 by Andrew L. Hughes

Colorectal cancer is cancer of the large intestine (colon) or rectum. Most cases begin as a small, noncancerous, clump of cells that forms on the lining of the colon or rectum. In the United States, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death. We now know that some colorectal cancer cases may be related to long-term diesel exposures.

Symptoms of Colorectal Cancer

Some of the common symptoms of colorectal cancer may include:

  • A change in bowel habits
  • Bloody stool or rectal bleeding
  • Abdominal discomfort
  • Feeling that your bowel doesn’t empty completely
  • Unexplained weight loss


Anyone suffering these symptoms should consult their primary care physician. If the diagnosis is colorectal cancer, treatment may include surgery to remove the growth of abnormal cells, a colostomy, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy.

Those most at risk

Colorectal cancer is more frequently seen in males over the age of 50, individuals who smoke, people of certain ethnic backgrounds, individuals with a history of inflammatory bowel disease, and people with a family history of colorectal cancer.

Recent studies indicate exposure to diesel exhaust is associated with an increased risk of rectal cancer. Diesel particulates contain considerable quantities of carcinogenic hydrocarbons. Chronic diesel exposures substantially increase the risk of rectal cancer among railroad and dock workers, miners, mechanics, truck drivers and heavy equipment operators, and toll booth workers.

At Diesel Injury Law, we are dedicated to serving the victims of diesel exposures. If you or a loved one has suffered long term diesel exposures and has been diagnosed with cancer, we urge you to call or email us today for your free, no-obligation consultation. Give us the opportunity to help you.

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