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Is colorectal cancer different from colon cancer?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Colorectal cancer is an all-encompassing term for both colon cancer and rectal cancer. Since the rectum is located at the end of the colon, both cancers behave similarly. As such, doctors sometimes refer to them as colorectal cancer.

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