Colon and rectal cancers begin as small growths called polyps in the lining of the intestinal tract and rectum. Many polyps are benign, meaning they will never become cancerous. Other polyps, called adenomatous polyps, do have the potential to become cancerous. Doctors are often able to remove these pre-cancerous polyps during colorectal screening procedures called colonoscopies. However, if the cancer grows outside the polyp and into the surrounding tissue, it becomes more difficult to treat, which means catching colorectal cancer early is key. Treatment for colorectal cancer depends on the size and location of the cancer, and may include chemotherapy, radiation and surgery.
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