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Rectal cancer starts in the rectum, the last six inches of the large intestine. It’s a form of colorectal cancer, a common cancer that starts as noncancerous polyps. The polyps develop into cancer slowly over 10 to 15 years.
Dignity Health provides personal care for patients with rectal cancer in the Bay Area, using the latest tools and technologies. Find a Doctor online to visit one of our four convenient locations:
Health experts don’t fully understand the cause of rectal cancer. However, some things make you more likely to develop rectal cancer:
Signs and symptoms of rectal cancer include:
Our highly trained oncologists offer a range of treatment and prevention options for rectal cancer. Treatment depends on the stage of the cancer. Surgery is the most common treatment for all stages of rectal cancer. Other treatment strategies include:
Screening exams, such as colonoscopy, can find precancerous polyps and early stages of rectal cancer. When rectal cancer is found early, treatment is more likely to be effective. Make an appointment for a colonoscopy with a Dignity Health doctor near you.