Rectal Cancer Directory
The last six inches of the digestive tract is the rectum and anus. You are more likely to develop rectal cancer if you have a history of polyps (abnormal tissue growths) in your colon or a family history of hereditary polyps or colorectal cancer. Other risk factors include age over 40, previous colorectal cancer, or cancer of the ovaries, breast, or lining of the uterus (endometrium). Symptoms of rectal cancer can include a change in bowel habits, such as diarrhea or constipation, rectal bleeding, stomachache, loss of appetite, weight loss, and fatigue. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about rectal cancer, what increases risk, how it's treated, and much more.
The Basics of Colorectal Cancer
Get the basics on colorectal cancer from the experts at WebMD.
The Basics of Proctoscopy
Proctoscopy is a quick examination of the rectum to look for signs of colorectal cancer. WebMD tells you what to expect from the test.
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Here are some helpful resources from WebMD for information on colorectal cancer.
Digital Rectal Exam
WebMD explains how a digital rectal exam is used to detect abnormalities, such as growths, in both men and women.
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For colon cancer, there are more treatment options available than ever. Here's what to ask your doctor about.
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New Ways to Diagnose Colon Cancer
New advances in colonoscopy promise faster and easier screenings.
Advances in Colorectal Cancer
New drugs show promise, but more research needs to be done.