Colon/Colorectal cancer is most often found in people ages 50 and older. Because colon cancer has many similarities to rectal cancer, the two cancers are often referred to as colorectal cancers. Symptoms include rectal bleeding or bloody stool, diarrhea, constipation or other changes in bowel habits, abdominal pain including gas and cramps, and sudden or unexplained weight loss.
The primary treatment for colon cancer is surgery, either through an abdominal incision or through laparoscopic surgery. Laparoscopic surgery uses several small incisions that heal quickly and limit damage to the immune system. Depending on the stage at which the cancer is detected, radiation and chemotherapy may also be options for colorectal cancer treatment.