Colon cancer is one of the most aggressive and silent types of cancer, but it has distinct features that may lead us to suspect the development of tumors in the large intestines. There are risk factors such as obesity, diabetes, family history, and inflammatory bowel diseases. There are also warning signs such as blood in the stools, alternating diarrhea, and accelerated weight loss. In view of that, suspicious cases should be screened with either a stool-based test or a structural exam, and all suspicious or positive findings should be assessed with a colonoscopy.
Colon cancer tends to be aggressive in the later stages of the disease, but it is survivable, and there are local and systemic treatments to improve the patient’s condition. You may need one or a combination of therapeutic procedures to eradicate cancer cells, and what will happen highly depends on your stage of cancer, the therapeutic approach is taken, and your baseline health parameters.