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Colon Cancer

Cancer involves the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells that have mutated from normal tissues. This growth can kill when these cells prevent normal function of vital organs or spread throughout the body, damaging essential systems. Colon and rectum cancers, which are sometimes referred to together as "colorectal cancer," arise from the lining of the large intestine. When cancer arises from the lining of an organ like the large intestine, it is called a carcinoma.

Cancer of the colon or rectum is the third most common type of cancer for both men and women (after breast and lung for women, and prostate and lung for men). According to the American Cance (More)

Understanding Colon Cancer

  • What is Colon Cancer?
  • Stages of Colon Cancer
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Staging Colon Cancer
  • Colorectal Cancer Prevention
  • Four Things You Can Do To Prevent Cancer
  • Be on the Lookout for Colon Cancer: Early Detection Can Save Your Life
  • Colon Cancer: Choosing a Doctor and What to Ask
  • Genes, Chromosomes and Cancer Genes
  • Reduce Your Risk of Colon Cancer
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  • Commonly Asked Questions


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  • What Are the Screening Guidelines for Colon Cancer?
  • What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Colon Cancer?
  • What Can I Expect in the Final Stages?
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  • Symptoms and Tests
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    NetWellness Expert Linda Cheng Cummings

    Linda Cheng Cummings, MD, MS
    Case Western Reserve University

    Last Updated: May 13, 2016