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 almost always develops from growths called colorectal that form in the lining of the colon. But by no means do all become cancerous – and if a polyp does become cancerous, it takes many years. One way to prevent is to have a colonoscopy, which also allows doctors to remove .
Having can be a life-changing experience. What happens after the has been made will depend on various factors, including the stage of the cancer. In early-stage , the tumor just needs to be surgically removed. In advanced stages, additional treatments may be considered, such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy.
In Germany, high-quality medical care is available for people who have cancer. There are also a number of sources of support, for instance to help cope with the disease emotionally and make it easier to go back to work.