How Long Does Colon Cancer Take To Develop?

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Cancers of the colon and rectum, often collectively referred to as colorectal cancer, are life-threatening tumors that develop in the large intestine.

More than 80% of colorectal tumors develop from adenomatous polyps. These gland-like growths develop on the mucous membrane that lines the large intestine. They are usually either:

  • Tubular polyps, which protrude mushroom-like
  • Villous adenomas, which are flat and spreading and are more apt to become malignant (cancerous)

Polyps are very...

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