Colorectal cancer is a type of cancer that begins in the large intestine or in the rectum.
While typically affects older adults, it can happen at any age due to a number of possible causes such as long-standing ulcerative colitis or undiagnosed colon polyps.
Colon polyps are usually small benign growths of cells on the inner lining of the colon. While mostly harmless, some of the polyps might develop into colon cancer.
Colon polyps rarely show any early-signs or symptoms. However, colon cancer patients show a number of symptoms such as rectal bleeding and change in bowel habits.
Surgery is the most common medical treatment for colorectal cancer especially in early-stage cancers. Other treatment options are available including radiation therapy and/or chemotherapy.
Colon polyps can progress to cancer in ten to fifteen years if undetected or ignored. This is why regular colorectal cancer screening is important. And remember that removal of colon polyps can help preventing colorectal cancers.