Colorectal cancer, also called colon cancer or bowel cancer, includes cancerous growths
in the colon, rectum and appendix. It is the third most common form of cancer and the
second leading cause of death among cancers in the Western world. Most
colorectal cancers develop slowly over several years. Before a cancer develops,
a growth of tissue or tumor usually begins as a non-cancerous polyp on the inner
lining of the colon or rectum. A tumor is abnormal tissue and can be benign (not
cancer) or malignant (cancer). A polyp is a benign, non-cancerous tumor. Some
polyps can change into cancer but not all do. The chance of changing into a
cancer depends upon the kind of polyp:
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