Kirstie Alley’s Colon Cancer Was Diagnosed Just Before Her Death — Here’s What Women Should Know

Colorectal cancer affects about 1 in every 25 women in the United States, and doctors recommend regular screenings.

Kirstie Alley died of colon cancer on Monday at the age of 71. Her diagnosis, which her family claims she only discovered recently before her death, is shedding light on the disease and the importance of early detection.

Colon cancer, also known as colorectal cancer, is the third most common cancer globally, trailing only lung and breast cancer. Despite having a slightly lower risk than men, approximately one in every twenty-five women in the United States will be diagnosed with the disease during her lifetime.