The colon and the rectum (large bowel)
Colorectal cancer is one of the most common cancers in Hong Kong. It usually occurs in people over the age of 50 and in the majority of cases is found in the large bowel. Most cases of colorectal cancer (also known as bowel or colon cancer) develop from tiny growths known as ‘polyps’. Over a period of 10 to 15 years, some polyps can become cancerous. Almost all polyps can be removed without an operation, through a colonoscopy procedure.
Early detection of colorectal cancer means there’s a better chance of recovery. You should be checked regularly if:
You are a man or woman over the age of 50
Your family has a history of colorectal cancer or colorectal polyps
For more information, visit our colorectal cancer awareness website here.
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