• By Laurel Kelly

Living With Cancer: Inflammatory bowel disease and colon cancer — understanding the connection

March 8, 2019

a medical illustration of inflammatory bowel diseaseInflammatory bowel disease and colon cancer
You may be worried about the connection between inflammatory bowel disease and colon cancer. It's important to understand that inflammatory bowel disease, which includes Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, doesn't necessarily lead to colon cancer. However, if you have Crohn's disease that affects the lower part of your large intestine, this increases your risk of colon cancer. As a result, you'll need more frequent screening for colon cancer to help diagnose and treat it early. In addition, this type of inflammatory bowel disease may limit your choices for colon cancer screening. Here's what you need to know.

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