Colorectal cancer, also known as bowel cancer, occurs when malignant cancer cells grow in the wall of the large bowel. The cancer starts in the colon or the rectum, and can also be called ‘colon cancer’ or ‘rectal cancer’, depending on where it starts. Because these cancers often share many of the same features, colon cancer and rectal cancer are often grouped together.
Prognosis or Expected Outcomes
Colorectal cancer is the fourth most diagnosed type of cancer in Australia, and chances of a diagnosis increase with age. Sadly, colorectal cancer is also the second leading cause of cancer related deaths. People diagnosed with colorectal cancer have a 70.3% chance of surviving longer than five years. But the good news is, colorectal cancer is one of the most curable types of cancer and responds well to treatment, if detected early.