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Colorectal Cancer
(OC007)

Introduction


Cancer of the colon and rectum is the third leading cause of cancer worldwide, with an estimated 150,000 new cases every year. When detected early, colorectal cancer is highly treatable and curable. Most colon cancers arise from adenomatous polyps. About 5% of adenomatous polyps are estimated to become malignant and this process takes approximately 10 years.

Cancer can grow inward toward the hollow part of the colon or rectum, and/or outward through the walls of these organs. Advanced disease can cause perforation of the bowel, leading to infection. Metastasis (spread) of the disease may occur to the lymph nodes, liver, lung, peritoneum, ovaries, and brain.

There are several types of colorectal cancer:

The choice of treatment may depend on the individual's situation and current overall health status. However, for the majority of reasonably healthy persons with mild to moderate disease, aggressive treatment with a goal of cure is the plan. Treatment usually consists if a combination of surgery, radiation and/or chemotherapy.

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