• By Laurel J. Kelly

Living With Cancer: Understanding colon cancer

March 9, 2018

a medical illustration of colon cancerColon cancer: An overview 
March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, which makes it a good time to learn more about these two types of cancer. Cancer inside the colon (colon cancer) and cancer inside the rectum (rectal cancer) often are referred to together as colorectal cancer. Most cases of colon cancer begin as small, noncancerous clumps of cells called adenomatous polyps. Over time, some of these polyps can become colon cancers. Learn more about the risk factors for colon cancer and what you can do through lifestyle choices and screening to keep yourself safe.

Cancer survival rate: What it means for your prognosis 
When first diagnosed with cancer, many people ask about their prognosis. You might want to know the survival rates associated with your type and stage of cancer — whether your cancer is relatively easy or more difficult to cure. Because survival rates can't tell you about your situation, you might find the statistics impersonal and not helpful. But some people want to know everything they can about their cancer. Here's some information that may help you decide what's best for you.

Synovial sarcoma: Diagnosis and treatment 
Synovial sarcoma is a rare type of cancer that tends to arise near large joints, particularly the knee. While these tumors can occur in young children, they generally develop in people ages 15 to 40. The first sign of trouble is usually a deep-seated lump that may be tender or painful. Learn more about the diagnosis and treatment of synovial cancer.

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