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Rectal Cancer


Rectal cancer is the development of cancer cells in the lining of the rectum (the last several inches of the large intestine closest to the anus). The stage (extent) of the cancer depends to a great degree on how deep the cancer goes into and beyond the wall of the rectum.

Because the majority of rectal cancers begin as precancerous polyps, rectal cancer is a potentially preventable disease. Screening and early detection can catch rectal cancer at an early stage or before polyps turn into cancer.1

Cancer of the rectum is rare in developing countries, but is the second most frequent cancer in Western societies. In the U.S. alone, colorectal cancer is the fourth most common cancer in men and women.1

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  1. What are the key statistics about colorectal cancer? American Cancer Society. From:

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