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Rectal Cancer

Rectal cancer is a disease which arises from cancerous cells starting to form in the tissues of the rectum. The rectum is a part of the digestive tract which is attached to the large intestine and helps remove waste from the body. Rectal cancer is a type of bowel cancer and is relatively rare. Colon cancer is a much more frequent form of bowel cancer. Rectal cancer is though to be more common in people over 40 years of age.

Possible risk factors that influence the individual‘s chance to develop cancer of the rectum include having some other forms of cancer, such as ovarian, breast, colorectal or endometrial, having non-cancerous conditions such as hereditary nonpolyposis colon cancer, also called HNPCC or Lynch syndrome, and familial adenomatous polyposis.

Possible symptoms of rectal cancer may include irregularities in the bowel routine, such as diarrhoea, constipation, unusual shape of the faeces, bleeding from the back passage or blood mixed with the faeces. Further symptoms that indicate more advanced stages of the condition can be fatigue, weight loss, loss of appetite, discomfort in the abdomen, such as bloating, pain, spasms and frequent urge to empty bowels.

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