Types of Cancer

Colon and Rectal Cancer

The colon and rectum are two organs that aid your body’s digestion. They are located next to one another inside of your large intestine. Doctors refer to colon cancer or rectal cancer, depending on which organ the cancer originated in. It can also be called “colorectal cancer”, as it can easily spread to the other organ and each has similar symptoms.


These symptoms include:

  • A change in bowel movements, including diarrhea or constipation;
  • Blood in your stool;
  • Rectal bleeding;
  • Frequent abdominal pain or cramping;
  • Weight loss;
  • Unusual fatigue.

Colon and rectal cancer originate as small growths that are called “polyps.” Polyps typically take years to form into cancer and don’t typically cause any symptoms. This is why it is so important to receive regular colonoscopies. For more information, call 618-288-9044.