Colon Cancer Questions Answered

Prairie Fare

This week I share an article by my former dietetic intern for NDSU Extension, Sara Baumann.

Many of us have heard of colon cancer, also known as colorectal cancer. Whether someone close to us has been diagnosed or we see it in the news, be aware of the risks for you.

What is colon cancer?

Colon cancer is a disease in which cells of the colon or rectum grow out of control. It typically starts out as small, benign clumps of cells, known as polyps. These cells can form on the inside of the colon, and over time, they can become cancerous.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms are not always present, especially at first. If symptoms do appear, they may include:

  • Abdominal pain, aches or cramps that do not go away
  • A change in bowel habits
  • Blood in or on stool
  • Diarrhea, constipation, or feeling that the bowel does not…

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