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Colon Cancer

What is Colon Cancer?

Colon cancer is also known as colorectal cancer—a term that refers to colon cancer and rectal cancer. Colon cancer is generally characterized by abnormal cells, like pre-cancerous polyps in the colon that turn into cancer. Or cancer cells in the later stage that proliferate either in the colon, or lower intestine, which is located in the large intestine. Sometimes cancer is also found in the rectum. [Source: CDC & ACGE]

Understanding colon health can go a long way when it comes to your overall quality of life.

With combined numbers for men and women, colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the US, according to the American Cancer Society.

Men are at higher risk of developing colon cancer than women, regardless of age. Keep in mind, age and lifestyle habits including smoking can contribute to risk factors.

Colon cancer or colorectal cancer is one of the most preventable cancers. Colon polyps become more prevalent after age 45, according to American College of Gastroenterology Endoscopy (ACGE).

When it comes to colon health, finding the right experts in gastroenterology can help you take charge of your digestive health.

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