Colon cancer survival rates in the past have generally been fairly low, however in recent years, studies show that patients with colon cancer (even advanced) have had better survival rates. Much of this credited to more innovative and effective treatments as well as better prevention and early detection awareness. Frobes report said, "Over the past 15 years, the average survival rate for patients battling advanced colorectal cancer has increased dramatically, new research indicates, due in equal measure to the advent of new, powerful drugs and more frequent surgical interventions. "We have certainly made advances in treatment as a result of chemotherapy, compared to where we were 10, 15, 30 years ago, he noted. And we've also learned that there is a group of patients where we can do something with surgical techniques, and they can often go on to do very well." Such prospects are exiting the medical community and patients as well, considering colon cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the US, resulting in thousands of deaths annually. Increased survival means not only medical technology has dramatically improved, but we are becoming more aware of colon health.