Colorectal cancer occurs in the colon or rectum, which together make up your large intestine. Most colorectal cancer begins as a growth on the inner lining of the colon or rectum called a polyp that can develop into cancer.1 Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths reported in the United States.2
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1. What is colorectal cancer. American Cancer Society website. https://www.cancer.org/cancer/colon-rectal-cancer/about/what-is-colorectal-cancer.html. Accessed June 6, 2019.
2. Cancer Stat Facts: Colorectal Cancer. NIH Surveillance, epidemiology, and end results program (SEER) website. https://seer.cancer.gov/statfacts/html/colorect.html. Accessed June 6, 2019.