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Facts About Colon, Rectum and Anus Cancers

In 2013 it is estimated that 102,480 Americans will be diagnosed with colon cancer. Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in men and women. Of those, 40,340 will be diagnosed with rectal cancer. About 7,060 people will learn they have anal cancer. Patients with these types of cancer often benefit from radiation therapy as part of treatment. Some cancers involving the bowel run within families (hereditary colorectal cancers). It is important to discuss your diagnosis with family members so they can decide with their doctors whether they need to be screened for colorectal cancers. This is especially important if you were diagnosed with a colorectal cancer at a young age or if there are several other types of cancers that run in your family

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