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What Is Colorectal Cancer

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Colorectal cancer, or colon and rectal cancer, is cancer of the either the colon or rectum. They are both parts of the large intestine and the cancer is caused by uncontrolled cell growth.

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Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK, with nearly 40,000 people being diagnosed annually. Of this number, approximately 25,500 develop cancer of the colon, and 14,000 cancer of the rectum. It is more common in men and most usually occurs over the age of 50.

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The causes of colorectal cancer remain unknown however there is on-going research to determine them. Evidence so far suggests that a red meat rich diet and a sedentary lifestyle are linked to developing the disease. The most common signs of colorectal cancer are: passing blood, a change in bowel habits, unexplained weight loss, and pain in the stomach or back passage. Sometimes other symptoms include bloating, vomiting and constipation. At the LOC private treatments for colorectal cancer are performed by specialist consultants in the field, who will help to plan and implement the best course of treatment for each individual case.

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