Were you looking for information about Colon Cancer? Colan cancer is a common misspelling of colon cancer.
Colon cancer is a serious disease that occurs when cancerous cells originate in the tissues of the colon. As with most cancer, there are usually no early signs of the disease. When symptoms of colon cancer do appear, they can include, among other things:
- A change in bowel habits
- Blood (either bright red or very dark) in the stool
- Frequent gas pains, bloating, fullness, or cramps.
Because other conditions may cause the same symptoms, it is important to see your healthcare provider if you experience any of these signs. Some tests used to diagnose the disease include sigmoidoscopies, digital rectal exams, and fecal occult blood tests (FOBT). Many treatment options are available to people with colon cancer, including chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation therapy. People 50 years and older have an increased risk of developing this type of cancer.
(Click Colon Cancer for more information about possible risk factors, symptoms, and treatment options, as well as some factors that can affect a person's prognosis. You can also click any of the links in the box to the right for specific information.)