Colon cancer is a malignant growth that arises from the lining of the colon or rectum. Most colon cancer arises slowly from the growth or benign polyp. The majority of colon cancer occurs sporadically. However, colon cancer can also be hereditary and arise from genetic abnormalities which are transmitted from a parent. The incidence of colon cancer increases with advancing age and most commonly is seen in people over 50. Men and women are affected equally. Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in the world.
For more information regarding colon cancer such as symptoms, testing and treatment, please consult the Regional Gi Conditions Resource Page. Please contact your Regional Gi board-certified GI specialist if you are experiencing symptoms or are concerned about your risk for colorectal cancer. Schedule your screening today!