Colon cancer is a type of cancer that affects the colon, an organ that is a part of the digestive system. It is also known as colorectal cancer. Colon cancer begins as polyps, small growths formed in the inner lining of the large intestine. Polyps are not always cancerous (this is known as a benign polyp) but can become cancerous (malignant) if left untreated.
Signs of colon cancer may include a change in bowel movements, tiredness, unexplained weight loss, and bloody stools. Treatment for colon cancer may include partial or full removal of the colon (colectomy), removal of polyps, or chemotherapy.
It is important to screen for cancerous polyps, especially if you are high risk, by undergoing regular colonoscopies. The team at Schneck is here to walk you through the diagnosis and treatment of colon cancer.