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Glossary: colon cancer, Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota

colon cancer

(KOH-lun KAN-ser)

Cancer that forms in the tissues of the colon (the longest part of the large intestine). Most colon cancers are adenocarcinomas (cancers that begin in cells that make and release mucus and other fluids).

Gastrointestinal (digestive) system anatomy; shows esophagus, liver, stomach, colon, small intestine, rectum, and anus.

Anatomy of the lower digestive system, showing the colon and other organs.


Colon and Rectal Cancer