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How common is stage 2 rectal cancer?

Rectal cancer is more common in adults past middle age than in younger adults or children--it is most frequently diagnosed in people ages 65-74. However, recent data show that while rates of colorectal cancer have declined in adults 50 and older, they have actually risen for those under 50. In the United States, around 40,000 people are diagnosed with cancer of the rectum annually. About 50,000 people in the United States die from rectal or colon cancer each year. Early detection prevents many of the diagnosed cases from progressing as far as stage 2.

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Can stage 2 rectal cancer be prevented?
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To prevent stage 2 rectal cancer, you should receive regular screenings for the disease. These scree...
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How does stage 2 rectal cancer affect the body?
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The most severe affect rectal cancer can have on the body is to spread to other organs, although thi...
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How do I manage my stage 2 rectal cancer on a daily basis?
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You may notice problems with your bowel movements, in which case you should notify your doctor immed...
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How does surgery affect people with stage 2 rectal cancer?
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Surgery is necessary for treatment of rectal cancer. Many people can fully recover from stage 2 rect...
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