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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Colon Cancer

Colon cancer quotes from Cancer.gov follow:

Cancer of the colon is a highly treatable and often curable disease when localized to the bowel. Surgery is the primary form of treatment and results in cure in approximately 50% of the patients. Recurrence following surgery is a major problem and is often the ultimate cause of death.
Incidence and Mortality
Note: Estimated new cases and deaths from colon cancer in the United States in 2014:[1]

  • New cases: 96,830 (colon cancer only).
  • Deaths: 50,310 (colon and rectal cancers combined).

Prognostic Factors
The prognosis of patients with colon cancer is clearly related to the following:
  • The degree of penetration of the tumor through the bowel wall.
  • The presence or absence of nodal involvement.
  • The presence or absence of distant metastases.

Source: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/colon/HealthProfessional

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