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Colorectal cancer is malignant
cells found in the colon or
rectum. The colon and the rectum
are part of the large intestine,
which is part of the digestive
system. Because colon cancer and
rectal cancers have many
features in common, they are
sometimes referred to together
as colorectal cancer. Cancerous
tumors found in the colon or
rectum also may spread to other
parts of the body.
Excluding skin cancers,
colorectal cancer is the third
most common cancer in both men
and women. It is estimated by
the American Cancer Society that
148,810 colorectal cancer cases
are expected in 2008. The number
of deaths due to colorectal
cancer has decreased, which is
attributed to increased
screening and polyp removal. more
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