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Colon Cancer

Colon cancer, also called colorectal cancer, is characterized by an uncontrolled growth of cells that line the inside of the colon or rectum. The colon is also known as the large intestine, and the rectum is the very end of the large intestine that opens at the anus.

After a colon cancer diagnosis, doctors perform exams and tests to determine the stage of the cancer. Those stages range from zero (carcinoma in situ, which means cancerous tissue has not yet invaded nearby tissue) to four (cancer has spread to another organ). Stages one through three indicate the extent of the disease, how big the tumor is, and/or how cancer has spread to nearby lymph nodes.

Our colon cancer survival measures are: 


Last UpdateDecember 21, 2012

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