Colorectal cancer
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Colorectal cancer

Lynn de Snoo Colorectal cancer nurse specialist, St Peters Hospital, Chertsey, Surrey

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Colorectal cancer is a general label applied to cancers occurring in the colon or rectum (see diagram 1). Each year in the UK, 56 people out of every 100,000 will be diagnosed with this type of cancer, often at a stage too advanced for successful surgical removal. As the population in the UK ages, there will likely be an increased demand for colorectal nurse specialists to deal with a rise in the number of cases of this disease. This article attempts to explain the current theories behind the cause of colorectal cancer, its clinical diagnosis and the rationale for treatment.

Cancer Nursing Practice. 1, 10, 33-37. doi: 10.7748/cnp2002.

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