Colon Cancer Information
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What Is Colon Cancer?
Colon cancer is cancer that originates in tissues of any of the four sections of the colon. The colon is the first six feet of the large intestine (or large bowel). As part of the body’s gastrointestinal (digestive) system, the colon is a long, hollow tube that removes water and nutrients from digested food and turns the rest into waste (stool).
Colon cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in the United States for both men and women. In most cases, colorectal cancers develop slowly over a period of several years. Although it most often affects people over the age of 50, colon cancer can also occur in younger people, though rarely in teens.
Types of Colon Cancer
Most types of colon cancers are adenocarcinomas. Adenocarcinomas (e.g., mucinous, signet ring cell) begin in the intestinal gland cells that line the inside of the colon. When cancer originates in the rectum, or the last six inches of the large intestine, it is called rectal cancer. Colerectal cancer is another name for the development of malignant growths or tumors originating in the tissues of the colon or rectum.
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