Understanding Colon Cancer: Prevention and Treatment(BIOL1119 Project)



Please read the instructions thoroughly in order to achieve top marks!


  1. Complete the Project Worksheet


  1. Create a fact sheet or infographic
    • Include as much information from your worksheet as possible
    • Get creative! Use colour!
    • See pages 3 and 4 for examples


  1. Submit your worksheet (step 1) and fact sheet/infographic (step 2) on Brightspace by Friday, April 12 at 11:59pm.



*Plagiarism: The use of someone else’s work and presenting it as one’s own without properly documenting the source. This includes but is not limited to words, images, ideas, phrases, signatures and/or computations.

Please see Niagara College’s Academic Honesty Policy for more information.




Follow this example to learn to write bullet points that summarize information in our own words.


  1. Read the information from your resource and make sure you understand it.

  2. Decide which words/phrases contain the most important information and highlight these words/phrases.

(Mayo Clinic Staff, 2022): “Colon cancer is a type of cancer that begins in the large intestine (colon). The colon is the final part of the digestive tract.

Colon cancer typically affects older adults, though it can happen at any age. It usually begins as small, noncancerous (benign) clumps of cells called polyps that form on the inside of the colon. Over time some of these polyps can become colon cancers.

Polyps may be small and produce few, if any, symptoms. For this reason, doctors recommend regular screening tests to help prevent colon cancer by identifying and removing polyps before they turn into cancer.

If colon cancer develops, many treatments are available to help control it, including surgery, radiation therapy and drug treatments, such as chemotherapy, targeted therapy and immunotherapy.

Colon cancer is sometimes called colorectal cancer, which is a term that combines colon cancer and rectal cancer, which begins in the rectum.”

  1. List the highlighted words/phrases using your own wording and expressions wherever possible.

Point form notes:

Colon cancer, colorectal cancer

  • Starts in large intestine
  • Anyone can get it but mostly elderly
  • Begins as benign polyp but may develop into malignant growth
  • Screening tests help prevent
  • Treatment for colon CA: surgery, radiation, chemo, targeted therapy, immunotherapy


  1. What are the key factors contributing to the development of colon cancer?
  2. How often should individuals undergo screening tests for colon cancer?
  3. What are the implications of benign polyps in relation to colon cancer?
  4. What treatment options are available for individuals diagnosed with colon cancer?
  5. How can individuals adopt preventive measures to reduce their risk of colon cancer?

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