Autopsy reports show that about half the U.S. population over the age of 50 has colon polyps. Since about 95 percent of colon and rectal cancers grow from these polyps, it stands to reason that most Americans should worry at least a little bit about this disease. The bulk of this book is for people who've already been diagnosed with colon cancer, but some sections give advice to family members of cancer patients. The entire volume serves as an argument to get regular physical examinations.
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From initial diagnosis to the latest treatments, this encouraging, authoritative guide explores everything you need to know to make informed choices about colon cancer care. You'll learn how colon cancer develops, what to expect from diagnostic tests, and how to choose the best doctors and treatment centers. Here's invaluable information on: Which treatment options work best for different phases of colon cancer How to cope with physical and emotional side effects Tips on resuming a healthy lifestyle Related disorders such as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis