Colon cancer starts from the large intestine (colon). The colon is the final part of our digestive tract. The cancer usually affects people of older age, though it can happen to people of any age. It usually begins as small, noncancerous clump cells called polyps that get formed inside the colon. Over time, some of these polyps may become colon cancers.
Polyps are very small and produce a few symptoms. That is why people diagnosed with polyps are advised to get regular screening to help prevent the development of colon cancer. In some cases, these polyps are removed before they turn into cancer.
Colon cancer is also called colorectal cancer, a term that combines colon cancer and rectal cancer as it begins in the rectum.
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