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    March is National Colon Cancer Awareness Month

    Published on March 2, 2015 By Edward Balaban, DO, medical director, CANCER CARE PARTNERSHIP

    Colorectal cancer is a leading cause of cancer death in the United States, affecting both men and women. To understand colorectal cancer, it’s important to know that the colon (also called the large intestine or the large bowel) is the muscular tube that forms the last part of the digestive tract. It absorbs water and stores food waste, and is four to six feet long. The rectum makes up the last 6 inches of the colon. Colon and rectal cancer, often grouped as colorectal cancer, occurs when cells in the colon or rectum change and multiply at an exaggerated rate. These cells can then for...

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