Colon cancer is the growth of cancer in the large intestine. Cancer occurs when cells in the body divide without control or order. Normally, cells divide in a regulated manner. If cells keep dividing uncontrollably when new cells are not needed, a mass of tissue forms, called a growth or tumor.
Colon cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers for both men and women in the Untied States. It is important that you understand your risk for developing this disease, as well as lifestyle changes you can make now to reduce your chances of falling victim to colon cancer.
The good news is that colorectal cancer is often highly treatable. The key to survival is identifying and removing polyps early, before they turn into cancer. Those patients, whose cancer is discovered early, before it has spread, have a very high 5-year survival rate. With more awareness about colon cancer screenings, the death rate from this disease continues to decline.
Moore Regional Hospital offers colon cancer treatment including chemotherapy, oral chemotherapy, radiation therapy, intensity modulated radiation therapy, image-guided radiation therapy, surgery, biologic therapy, monoclonal antibody therapy and support for patients with colon cancer.