Caused by excessive and uncontrolled cell division in the colon (large intestine) or the rectum, bowel cancer is the second most common cancer in Australia.
The first stage of bowel cancer is when cells in the colon start to grow too quickly, causing a polyp or an adenoma. While polyps are usually benign, most bowel cancers do grow from them.
More screening for bowel cancer in Australia has resulted in an increased diagnosis of the disease which benefits patients, as the disease is much more treatable when detected early.
There are different treatments for the various types and stages of bowel cancer and these might include surgery or chemotherapy.
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