Colorectal Cancer

Definition - What does Colorectal Cancer mean?

Colorectal cancer is cancer that originates in the colon or rectum. Cancer is a disease caused by the abnormal growth of cells in the body. As these cells grow, they develop into tumors invading other tissue in the body. Colorectal cancer may also be called colon cancer.

WorkplaceTesting explains Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer is the third most common type of cancer for both men and women in the United States. This cancer usually starts with the development of polyps in the large intestine or the rectum. In some instances, detection and removal of these polyps can reduce or prevent the spread of the disease. Because early detection and removal of polyps may cure this cancer at early stages, screening for colorectal cancer through a colonoscopy or other testing methods is a common preventative medicine recommendation.

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