Colorectal, bowel and colon cancer refer to any cancer that affect the colon and rectum. It usually grows very slowly before it starts to spread to other parts of the body.
Most bowel cancers start as benign polyps on the wall of the bowel, these are common and most are not pre-cancerous. An ademona polyp, however, can become malignant.
Bowel cancer is one of the most preventable types of cancer. You can reduce your personal risk by:
Understanding the syptoms
Keeping your weight in check
Cutting down on alcohol
What symptoms should you look out for?
A change in your bowel habit
A lump in your abdomen
Anal bleeding or blood in your poo
Unexplained tiredness, dizziness or breathlessness
Pain in your abdomen
These symptoms could be caused by many other issues to, but should always be checked out by a doctor.
Different tests can help diagnose bowel cancer, these include a sigmoidoscopy, a colonoscopy and a virtual colonoscopy.
Once diagnosed, depending on the stage and location there are different treaments including surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
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