Colorectal (bowel) cancer is one of the more common forms of cancer in many countries, including Germany. The name "" is used to describe bowel cancer that starts in the colon (the large intestine) or the . Cancer of the small intestine is very rare.
Colorectal cancer usually develops from growths called colorectal that form in the lining of the colon or . But by no means do all turn into cancer – and if they do, it takes many years. One way to prevent is to have a colonoscopy, which also allows doctors to remove .
Having can really turn your life upside down. What happens after the has been made will depend on various factors, including the stage of the cancer. In early-stage , surgery to remove the tumor is enough. In more advanced stages, other treatments such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy may be needed too.
There are many sources of support for people with , for instance to help cope with the disease emotionally and make it easier to go back to work.