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Bowel Cancer

Colorectal cancer is one of the most common reasons for bowel surgery. Colorectal cancer, or bowel cancer, is a general term that describes cancer affecting the colon, rectum or anus.

In the UK each year there are 34,000 cases, with a predominance of men over women and the disease accounts for some 17,000 deaths a year [Colorectal Cancer 2nd edition 2002].

Many genes have now been identified to have an influence on the development of malignancy. Overall, genetic predisposition accounts for around 6% of all cases of colorectal cancers in the UK.

If you have a relative, parent or child that has been diagnosed before the age of 45 with colorectal cancer, you have a four-fold higher chance of developing cancer. If cancer has developed after the age of 60 you have the same chance as the rest of the population.

Symptoms associated with different cancers
Causes of cancer
Different types of bowel cancer
   Cancer of the rectum        
Anal cancer
   Small bowel tumours
   Polyps (adenomas)
Other disease of the bowel
   Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP)
   Hereditary Non-Polyposis colorectal cancer (HNPCC)

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