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Colon cancer and rectal cancer combined are the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. Regular screening tests can help reduce your risk.
Colon polyps — small clumps of cells on your colon lining — are usually harmless, but some may become cancerous over time.
Having bulging pouches (diverticulosis) in your digestive tract isn't necessarily a concern. But infected pouches (diverticulitis) can be a serious problem.
Lynch syndrome, an uncommon disorder caused by genetic defects, predisposes a person to develop colon cancer and other forms of cancer.
Pseudomembranous colitis is an inflammation of the colon that occurs most often in people using antibiotics.
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