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Symptoms and General Health
General Health Topics
Liver & Pancreas
Adenomatous polyp – A grape-like shaped growth that occurs on the lining of the colon and rectum. This type of polyp can become cancerous.
Benign – Not cancerous.
Cancer – Abnormal cell growth that destroys normal body function.
Colon – The last four to five feet of the digestive tract. The colon absorbs water and minerals from digested material.
Colostomy – A surgical procedure that creates an opening from the colon through the abdominal wall for waste products to move out of the body.
Crohn’s Disease – An inflammation of the colon and lower part of the small intestine. Having this disease can increase the risk for CRC.
Hereditary Non-Polyposis Colon Cancer – A special kind of inherited colon cancer characterized by having many family members with CRC.
Inflammation – A response to tissue injury that causes redness, swelling, and pain.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) – Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s Disease are the two diseases that are known as IBD, which is characterized by inflammation of the small and large intestines.
Polyp – A grape-like shaped or mushroom-like growth that occurs on the lining of the colon and rectum. Polyps can change over time, from benign to cancer growths. They should be identified and removed.
Polyposis – A condition in which the colon is lined with many polyps.
Rectum – The lowest part of the colon. Cancer can occur here.
Risk – The possibility of a person developing a certain disease.
Screening – Identifies people without symptoms who have polyps or CRC.
Stool – The solid waste product of digestion. Also called bowel movement (BM).
Ulcerative colitis – An inflammation process of the inner lining of the large intestine. The longer this disease occurs, the greater the chance for CRC to develop.