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Subtotal Colectomy for Colon Cancer

Learn about the four main steps used in surgery to remove part of the colon -- complete with pictures to help you understand.

Subtotal Colectomy for Colon Cancer

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Who is at Risk?

For the great majority of people, the major factor that increases a person's risk for colorectal cancer (CRC) is increasing age. Risk increases dramatically after age 50 years; 90% of all CRCs are diagnosed after this age. The history of CRC in a first-degree relative, especially if before the age of 55 years, roughly doubles the risk. Other risk factors are weaker than age and family history. People with inflammatory bowel disease have a much higher risk of CRC. A small percentage (<5%) of CRCs...

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Total Colectomy for Colon Cancer

Removal of the entire large colon is usually not necessary to treat colon cancer except for a small number of people. Learn more here.

Total Colectomy for Colon Cancer

Surgery for Sigmoid and Rectal Cancer

This surgical technique removes a diseased section of the lower colon and rectum using a laparoscope. Read more here.

Surgery for Sigmoid and Rectal Cancer

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