In-depth

Colon cancer

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

Colon polyps — small clumps of cells on your colon lining — are usually harmless, but some may become cancerous over time.

Diverticulitis

Having bulging pouches (diverticulosis) in your digestive tract isn't necessarily a concern. But infected pouches (diverticulitis) can be a serious problem.

Lynch syndrome

Lynch syndrome, an uncommon disorder caused by genetic defects, predisposes a person to develop colon cancer and other forms of cancer.

Pseudomembranous colitis

Pseudomembranous colitis is an inflammation of the colon that occurs most often in people using antibiotics.

Nov. 13, 2012