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Define the problem Colon cancer is a condition that affects thousands of people About 140000 new cases are diagnosed each year and it kills more than 56000 people each year This type of cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States The problem that surrounds this deadly disease is that half of this deaths could be prevented by screening unfortunately the majority of people older than 50 do not undergo for colorectal cancer screening even though is recommended for all persons50 and over and for those with family history Also many primary care physician do not screen for all the patients who meet the qualifications for colorectal screening Screening can prevent colorectal cancer when detection and removal of precancerous polyps is done on time Anther problem with colorectal cancer screening is the fact that many people feel uncomfortable having this part of the anatomy examined The American Cancer Society recommends an annual digital rectal examination for people age 40 an annual fecal occult blood test for people age over 50 and flexible sigmoidoscopy every three to five years for people aged over 50 Describe the disease Cancer of the colon a common form of cancer is a disease in which cancer malignant cells are found in the tissues of the colon The colon is part of the bodys digestive system The digestive system is made up of the esophagus stomach and the small and large intestines The last 6 feet of intestine is called the large bowel or colon Natural history of the disease After diagnosis and to fond out if the cancer has spread to other parts of the body the doctor needs to identify the stage of the cancer to start the appropriate treatment Stage 0 The cancer is very early It is found only in the innermost lining of the colon or rectum Stage I The cancer involves more of the inner wall of the
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