Rectal Cancer Information
When malignant cells (cancer cells) form in the tissue of the rectum, it is known as rectal cancer. This disease tends to affect older adults more than younger ones (being over the age of 50 increases your risk). Other risk factors include:
- Family history of rectal or colon cancer
- Personal history of colon polyps
- Personal history of Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis.
Symptoms of rectal cancer may include:
- Blood in the stool
- Change in bowel habits
- Narrow stools
Chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery (or a combination) are some of the treatment options available.
(For more information, including the factors that affect a person's prognosis, click Rectal Cancer.)