|MARCH IS COLORECTAL CANCER AWARENESS MONTH
|PRESS RELEASES 3/1/2023|
Colorectal cancer, also called colon cancer or large bowel cancer, includes cancerous growths in the colon, rectum and appendix. It forms in the tissues of the colon (the longest part of the large intestine). It is the third most common form of cancer and the second leading cause of cancer-related death. Colorectal cancer causes 655,000 deaths worldwide per year. Many colorectal cancers are thought to arise from adenomatous polyps in the colon. These mushroom-like growths are usually benign, but some may develop into cancer over time. The majority of the time, the diagnosis of localized colon cancer is through a colonoscopy. Therapy is usually through surgery, which in many cases is followed by chemotherapy.
The first symptoms of colon cancer are usually vague, like weight loss and fatigue.
-Change in bowel frequency (constipation and/or diarrhea)
For more information on Colorectal Cancer or to schedule an appointment, please contact the Gastroenterology Department at Medical Center Clinic at 850.474.8428
Information provided by www.cancer.gov