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Colon Cancer Treatment (PDQ®): Treatment - Patient Information [NCI] - Changes to This Summary (07 / 07 / 2014)

The PDQ cancer information summaries are reviewed regularly and updated as new information becomes available. This section describes the latest changes made to this summary as of the date above.

Changes were made to this summary to match those made to the health professional version.

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What Is Colorectal Cancer?

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the U.S., not including skin cancers. It affects about one in every 20 people. There are about 132,000 new cases each year. It’s also called colon cancer because it affects the colon or rectum. These are both part of the large intestine, which is part of the digestive system. It absorbs water and nutrients from food after it’s moved through the stomach and small intestine. The body’s waste matter (stool) is stored in the colon before moving to...

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This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

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Last Updated: May 28, 2015
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