Colorectal Cancer is the collected formation of cancerous cells in both the colon (also called the large intestine) and the rectum. It is the third most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cancer that results in fatalities.
The actual cause of colorectal cancer can vary, but it can present in early stages as polyps along the colon and rectal walls. The growths that have formed can be benign or malignant in nature. Polyps with abnormal cells can advance to cancer over time and through four different stages. That’s why it’s important to get screened early to address and remove the abnormal growths as they form.
The stages begin in the innermost lining of the colon or rectum and advance through the different layers of tissue lining. The abnormal cells can grow into the muscular wall and eventually spread into the lymph nodes and other organs in the body.