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Robin Gibb battling colorectal cancer: Learn more about the disease

Robin Gibb, founder of the Bee Gees, has woken from a coma more than a week after he lost consciousness.

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Colorectal cancer is in the news again, this time because of Bee Gees star Robin Gibb.

The singer, who awoke from a coma on Sunday, is being treated for advanced colorectal cancer and caught pneumonia as he was weakened from grueling doses of chemotherapy and two operations, his doctor said.

An estimated 22,200 Canadians will be diagnosed with the disease this year, according to the Colorectal Cancer Assocation of Canada. Approximately 8,900 will die from it.

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The cancer is more common among men: One in 14 males is expected to develop the disease, according to the assocication. The number is 1 in 15 for women.

What else should you know about colorectal cancer? Check out The Globe and Mail articles below for information on prevention, testing and treatment.



  • Folate might cut the risk
  • Canadians are too ‘squeamish’ about testing
  • There are alternatives to colonoscopy
  • A blood test for colon cancer removes the ‘ick’ factor
  • Both sexes need more colorectal screening
  • Aspirin may help colorectal cancer sufferers too
  • Colonoscopies may miss cancers on the right side
  • It's time to donate more to help find a cure

Sources: Associated Press, Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada

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