Understanding Colorectal Cancer

by birtanpublished on August 16, 2020

Cancer in the large intestine is called colorectal cancer the parts of your large intestine are the colon rectum and anal canal most colorectal cancer starts in the colon in small clumps of cells called polyps most polyps are benign which means they contain abnormal cells

That aren't cancer and won't spread to the rest of the body they are only in the thin layer of tissue lining the inside of the intestine if the abnormal cells become cancer cells the polyp can grow bigger and

Invade deeper into the wall of the large intestine if not treated cancer cells can enter the bloodstream and spread to nearby lymph nodes over time these cells can travel to other organs and form more tumors you may have a higher risk for

Getting colorectal cancer if you have a family history of colorectal cancer have colon polyps are aged 50 or older are obese smoked cigarettes aren't physically active drink too much alcohol or have a disease that inflames your

Colon such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease symptoms for colorectal cancer can include a change in bowel habits such as diarrhea constipation or having stools more narrow than usual bright red or dark blood in the stool

Feeling unable to empty your bowel belly pain bloating or cramps unexplained weight loss feeling weak or very tired and vomiting it's important to know that these symptoms can be caused by conditions other than colon cancer and

It's possible to have colorectal cancer without any symptoms especially in the early stages if you have questions about colorectal cancer talk to your health care provider

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