According to research by The American Cancer Society, an estimated 95,000 new cases of colon cancer and 39,000 cases of rectal cancer are predicted to occur in 2016 in the USA. That brings the risk of developing colorectal cancer to 1 in 21 for men and 1 in 23 for women.
The colon, also called the large intestine, is the last part of our digestive system that handles the food we eat before it passes out as stool. The colon plays a vital role in the body’s nutritional process. But, as with every other part in the body, it can become affected by cancer and colon cancer is one of the more common types. Learn all about signs and symptoms of colon cancer below – and see the foot of the article for info on the importance and types of regular screening performed by medical professionals.