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Colon Cancer: All you need to know about the disease

Colon cancer is a type of cancer that affects the final part of the digestive tract known as the colon. 

This happens when cancerous cells begin to grow in the large intestine. Colon cancer is sometimes referred to as colorectal cancer, which is a word that combines colon cancer and rectal cancer, which starts in the rectum.

Though colon cancer can affect young people, it mostly affects older people. This type of cancer usually begins as noncancerous cells, growing slowly into clumps of cells (known as polyps) that form inside the colon. Over time some of these polyps can develop into colon cancers.

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Many people with colon cancer do not usually experience symptoms in the early stages of the disease. However, if symptoms appear, they will likely differ, depending on the size and location of cancer in your intestine.

Some signs of the disease may include; constant change in your bowel habits which could be in form of diarrhea or constipation or a change in the consistency of your stool. Other signs of colon cancer may include blood in your stool, chronic cramps, fatigue, unexplained weight loss, etc 

When it comes to the treatment of this type of cancer, treatment options like deg treatment, radiation therapy, drug treatments, including surgery are available to help control the disease.

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