Colon Cancer

Colon cancer arises when cancerous cells develop and form in the large intestine (the colon) which represents the lower part of the digestive system.  Polyps are small, benign clumps of cells that can reside in the colon and if not found early and treated, will become colon cancer. When a person develops polyps, there are usually no symptoms, therefore, doctors recommend routine screening tests (such as a colonoscopy) in order to detect and treat the disease early.  Once the cancer has developed from a polyp, physical symptoms such as blood in the stool, fatigue and diarrhea can arise.  Colon cancer is treated based on the stage of the cancer and will usually consist of surgery (such as a colostomy where a part or all of the colon is removed) or through radiation and/or chemotherapy.

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