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Colon Cancer

Colorectal cancer, also called Colon Cancer or large bowel cancer, includes cancerous growths in the colon, rectum and appendix. With 655,000 deaths worldwide per year, it is the third most common form of cancer and the second leading cause of cancer related death in the Western world. Many colorectal cancers arise from adenomatous polyps in the colon. These mushroom-like growths are usually benign, but some may develop into cancer over time. The majority of the time, the diagnosis of localised Colon Cancer is through colonoscopy. Therapy is usually through surgery, which in many cases is followed by chemotherapy.

Early symptoms of Colon Cancer.

The early treatment of Colon Cancer is a must. Some of the early symptoms which may suggest the onset of Colon Cancer.

They are :-

Sometimes stomach pains are accompanied with pain and swelling which might indicate colon problems such as perforation.
Diarrhoea lasting more than several days.
Chronic colon problems with bowel movements.
Vomiting.
Obstruction of bowel movements.
Iron deficiency which can result in anaemia.
Bleeding in the colon.
Blood in the stool.
Significant weight loss.
Abdominal mass or hardness in the abdomen.
Significant change in bowel habits.
Appendix pain.
Abdomen infection.
Constipation.
Constant tiredness.

Most of the symptoms can indicate the possibility of suffering from other health problems that can result in Colon Cancer.

The tests that are applicable to this pathological condition are :-


PLEASE NOTE:

Tests: p53 Protein Level and p53 Gene Expression must be taken together.



However not all of the doctors will necessarily use all of these tests, some may use less and some more. Specific patients may require different tests and therefore the final selection of any tests must be made in conjunction with a medical doctor.

We appreciate that some readers have yet to decide upon the doctor and if you would like to receive a short list from which you can make the final selection please E-mail us. It is advisable that you identify the suspected or diagnosed pathological condition in order for us to provide the most appropriate options.
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