Colorectal cancer is an invasive process involving either the colon or the rectum. It usually begins as a small, mushroom-shaped polyp; some may also be known as adenoma. The majority of polyps are benign, although the fleshy adenomatous growths carry a potential to turn cancerous over time. Thanks to early screening and new, comprehensive treatments like those offered at Florida Hospital, the odds of survival have increased dramatically over the last 20 years. Request an appointment or a second opinion with one of our colorectal cancer specialists today.
What is colorectal cancer?
Colorectal cancer is malignant cells found in the colon or rectum. The colon and the rectum are parts of the large intestine, which is part of the digestive system. Because colon cancer and rectal cancers have many features in common, they are sometimes referred to together as colorectal cancer. Cancerous tumors found in the colon or rectum also may spread to other parts of the body.
Excluding skin cancers, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in both men and women. It is estimated by the American Cancer Society that 142,570 colorectal cancer cases are expected in 2010. The number of deaths due to colorectal cancer has decreased, which is attributed to increased screening and polyp removal.