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If a diagnosis of colon cancer is suspected, your healthcare provider will gather information on your complete medical history and any possible symptoms you are experiencing, and will likely also perform certain tests. The tests used to either confirm or rule out a diagnosis include:
If the diagnosis of colon cancer is confirmed, the next step is to determine the stage. This refers to the location and extent of the cancer, and plays a large role in a person's treatment plan.
(For more info, click Colon Cancer. This article discusses what the specific stages are, possible risk factors, symptoms, and more.)