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Diseases » Rectal cancer » Summary
 

What is Rectal cancer?

What is Rectal cancer?

Rectal cancer is a cancer that grows in the rectum, the last portion of the colon (large intestine). Rectal cancer is one of ...more »

  • Rectal cancer: A growth or excessive proliferation of cells in the rectum which is the final portion of the digestive system before the anus. The growth may be benign or malignant.

Rectal cancer: Introduction

Types of Rectal cancer:

Broader types of Rectal cancer:

How many people get Rectal cancer?

Incidence (annual) of Rectal cancer: 40,570 new cases for rectum cancer in the US 2004 (Cancer Facts and Figures, American Cancer Society, 2004)
Incidence Rate of Rectal cancer: approx 1 in 6,704 or 0.01% or 40,569 people in USA [about data]

How serious is Rectal cancer?

Complications of Rectal cancer: see complications of Rectal cancer
Average life years lost for Rectal cancer: 13.4 years for colon/rectum cancer (SEER)1

What causes Rectal cancer?

Causes of Rectal cancer: see causes of Rectal cancer
Risk factors for Rectal cancer: see risk factors for Rectal cancer

What are the symptoms of Rectal cancer?

Symptoms of Rectal cancer: see symptoms of Rectal cancer

Complications of Rectal cancer: see complications of Rectal cancer

Can anyone else get Rectal cancer?

Contagion of cancer: generally not; see details in contagion of cancer.

Rectal cancer: Testing

Diagnostic testing: see tests for Rectal cancer.

Misdiagnosis: see misdiagnosis and Rectal cancer.

How is it treated?

Treatments for Rectal cancer: see treatments for Rectal cancer
Research for Rectal cancer: see research for Rectal cancer

Society issues for Rectal cancer


Hospitalization statistics for Rectal cancer: The following are statistics from various sources about hospitalizations and Rectal cancer:

  • 0.12% (15,719) of hospital consultant episodes were for malignant neoplasm of rectosigmoid junction in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 94% of hospital consultant episodes for malignant neoplasm of rectosigmoid junction required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 65% of hospital consultant episodes for malignant neoplasm of rectosigmoid junction were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 35% of hospital consultant episodes for malignant neoplasm of rectosigmoid junction were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 7% of hospital consultant episodes for malignant neoplasm of rectosigmoid junction required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 12.8 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for malignant neoplasm of rectosigmoid junction in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 10 days was the median length of stay in hospitals for malignant neoplasm of rectosigmoid junction in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
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Organs Affected by Rectal cancer:

Organs and body systems related to Rectal cancer include:

Name and Aliases of Rectal cancer

Main name of condition: Rectal cancer

Class of Condition for Rectal cancer: cancer

Other names or spellings for Rectal cancer:

Rectal tumor, Rectum cancer, Rectum tumor, Anorectal cancer, Anorectal tumor

Rectal cancer: Related Conditions

Research the causes of these diseases that are similar to, or related to, Rectal cancer:



Footnotes:
1. SEER Cancer Statistics Review 1975-2000, National Cancer Institute (NCI)
 

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