Colorectal Cancer

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Colon cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in the United States.

Most colon cancers (about 70 percent) develop in the first six feet of the large intestine. The other 30 percent occur in the last 10 inches of the large intestine before the anus (rectum). Collectively they are referred to as colorectal cancers.

At Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center, colorectal cancer is treated with a multidisciplinary approach in which a team of experts including medical oncologists, surgeons and radiation oncologists work together to develop an individual treatment plan based on each patient’s unique needs.

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Colorectal cancer risk factors include exposure to chemicals or other substances, as well as certain behaviors. Causes for this type of cancer also include aspects that cannot be controlled, like age and family history.

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Regular screenings are recommended as a key colon cancer prevention method, beginning at age 50. Screening strategies may include; blood tests, stool or imaging exams, and even surgical procedures to check for cancer.

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Most cancers have the same symptoms as other, less serious conditions. Still, it’s important to know the signs.

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