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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Factors That Increase Our Risks of Colon Cancer

Colon cancer is sometimes referred to as “colorectal cancer”. It is a kind of cancer that starts in the large intestines (colon) or the rectum (end of the colon).  We may wonder what causes this kind of cancer. How does it develops? Is it due to the foods that we eat or the unhealthy lifestyle one is leading? What are the risk factors? What are the chances of getting well after undergoing the many series of treatments? Is there still hope for colon cancer sufferers or there is only false hope? 

The large intestines which includes the rectum and the colon is about five centimeters in width.  It connects the small intestine and the anus at it’s opposite ends.  It’s length is about 150 to 200 centimeters.  The colon extends from the caecum (the large intestine part that joins to the small intestine) to the rectum (short length of large intestine about 12-15 centimetres long).  The small intestines absorbs the nutrients from the foods we eat. After this process, it is the colon’s major function is to extract the fluids left from this process.  Solid wastes  are stored  in the colon.  The colon provides the necessary channel needed by these wastes for their removal from the human body.

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