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Colon Cancer

WHAT IS COLON CANCER?

Colon cancer is a cancer developing in someone's colon (large intestine). It is the third leading cause of cancer amongst men and women in the U.S.

Usually colon cancer starts as a growth on the inner lining of the colon. These growths are called polyps.Some polyps can transform into cancerous tumors with time.

SYMPTOMS OF COLON CANCER

Can include change in bowel habits, bleeding per rectum, anemia, abdominal pain, bloating, weight loss etc.

Regular colon cancer screening is important since colon polyps and early cancer may have no cancer-specific early signs or symptoms.

TREATMENTS OF COLON CANCER

Depends on the part of the colon involved, size of the tumor, and extent of cancer spread, as well as the health of the patient.Surgery is the most common treatment for colon cancer. Surgery is usually done robotically or laparoscopically. In some instances open surgery is necessary.Early-stage colon cancers are typically treatable by surgery alone. More advanced stages of colon cancer can require chemotherapy.

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