GENERAL SURGERY

Colon & Rectal Surgery

Rectal Cancer

Delta Medix Patient General Information

Colon Cancer/Colorectal Cancer

The colon, also called the large bowel or large intestine, is the last section of the digestive tract. It is five to six feet long - the last eight to ten inches of which is called the rectum. After food is digested in the stomach and nutrients are absorbed in the small intestine, solid wastes from this process move into the colon, where they remain until they are passed out of the body.

Sometimes the body’s cells fail to grow, divide and reproduce in a healthy, orderly way, thus producing too much tissue and forming a tumor. These tumors can be benign (not cancerous) or malignant (cancerous) and can spread to other parts of the body. These cancers develop in the lining of the large intestine. Tumors may also develop in the lining of the very last part of the colon, called the rectum. Fortunately, colorectal cancer is preventable and curable if detected early.