What is colorectal cancer?

  • Our digestive systems include the esophagus, stomach, and the small and large intestines. The first six feet of the large intestine are called the large bowel or colon. The last six inches are the rectum and the anal canal.
  • Colorectal cancer is a type of cancer that begins in the colon. If a cancer begins in the rectum, it is typically (and more appropriately) called rectal cancer but may also be referred to as colorectal cancer.
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