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Colon Cancer

What Is Colon Cancer?

Colon Cancer occurs when a tumor (or abnormal growth of malignant cells) forms within the colon or rectum.

Colon cancer, also called: cancer of the intestine, colorectal cancer, and intestinal cancer.

What are the symptoms of Colon Cancer?

Most colon cancers have no symptoms. When symptoms are present, some of the most common symptoms are:

  • Rectal bleeding
  • Changes in bowel habits.
  • Stomach cramps or abdominal pain.
  • Anemia
  • Blood in the stool.
  • Unexplained weight loss.

What Causes Colon Cancer?

The exact cause of colon cancer is unknown. However, a high fat, low fiber diet may also be linked to colon cancer.

How is Colon Cancer Diagnosed?

Colon cancer is diagnosed via a test called a colonoscopy.

How is Colon Caner treated?

The treatment for colon cancer depends on several factors including:

  • general health
  • past medical history
  • results of tests determining the extent of the cancer

The most common form of treatment for colon cancer is surgery. In most cases, the surgeon removes the portion of the colon or rectum containing the cancer. Other treatment options include chemotherapy and radiation.

Effects of Treatment

Complications of Colon Cancer

Some of the complications are: recurrence of the cancer and growth to other organs or tissues.

Colon Cancer Statistics

  • Cancer of the colon and rectum accounts for 15% of cancer deaths.

 

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