What You Need to Know About Colon Cancer

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What Is Colon Cancer?

Colon cancer is cancer of your colon, also known as your large intestine. Rectal cancer is cancer of the last several inches of your colon. Together, they're often referred to as colorectal cancers, says the Mayo Clinic. Good news: Colon cancer is curable when found early. 

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