Colorectal Cancer

Commonly beginning as a benign growth called a polyp, colorectal cancer is diagnosed in about 145,600 people each year in the United States and results in over 51,000 deaths annually. Perhaps the most effective method of prevention is to receive colonoscopies where polyps may be found and removed before becoming cancerous. Colorectal cancer can be broken down into two categories, colon cancer and rectal cancer, which are named according to where they originate within this part of the digestive tract. The most frequently seen tumor type in colorectal cancer is called adenocarcinoma, though other types may also occur.