Colorectal Cancer

Colon and Rectal Cancer by Morgan Williams

  • Also known as colon cancer, rectal cancer or bowel cancer
  • Colorectal cancer develops in the colon or rectum
  • Cells grow abnormally and then invade and spread throughout the body
  • The large intestines are attacked and affected when this occurs
http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/.../colon-and-rect...

http://www.webmd.com/colorectal-cancer/

Symptoms

Symptoms of Colorectal cancer may be:
  • change in bowel habits, such as diarrhea, constipation, or narrowing of the stool
  • rectal bleeding, dark stools, or blood in the stool
  • cramping or abdominal pain
  • weakness and fatigue
  • unintended weight loss
http://www.cancercenter.com/colorectal-cancer/symptoms/tab/colon-cancer-symptoms/

Possible causes

Causes of Colorectal cancer could much possibly vary and be caused from:

  • infection
  • hemorrhoids
  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • inflammatory bowel disease
  • dietary factors
  • inheritance
http://www.webmd.com/colorectal-cancer/guide/understanding-colorectal-cancer-basics#1

Prevention

To prevent cancer, it is suggested to:

Treatment

Preferred treatments:
  • surgery
  • radiation
and/or
  • chemotherapy

http://www.webmd.com/colorectal-cancer/

Diagnosis

Colorectal Cancer diagnosis:
  • symptoms do not appear in early sighting of disease
  • symptoms often tend to occur in the advanced stage of disease
  • regular cancer screening will show Colorectal cancer
  • a Colonscopy will also show site of disease

http://www.cancer.org/cancer/colonandrectumcancer/detailedguide/colorectal-cancer-diagnosed

http://www.webmd.com/colorectal-cancer/

Likeliness

Reason being:

  • fourth most common cancer in the U.S., including skin cancer; in both genders
  • most likely seen in people over the age of 50 but can occur to anyone
  • in the United States, African Americans are more likely to be diagnosed with this disease
  • anyone in poor health, who smokes or drinks, and may be obese, is more likely to be diagnosed than others
http://www.cancercenter.com/colorectal-cancer/risk-factors/

April is the month of Colorectal Cancer Awareness

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*The picture below illustrates where cancer may be found in the colon
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