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How common is stage 4 rectal cancer?

Rectal cancer is more common in adults past middle age than in younger adults or children. In the United States, about 150,000 people are diagnosed with cancers of the rectum or colon every year. About 50,000 people in the United States die from rectal or colon cancer each year.

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Is stage 4 rectal cancer serious?
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Stage 4 is the last stage of rectal cancer. Few people with stage 4 rectal cancer recover from the d...
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What are the symptoms of stage 4 rectal cancer?
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As rectal cancer advances, you may notice a change in your bowel movements. Both diarrhea and consti...
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How does surgery affect people with stage 4 rectal cancer?
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To treat stage 4 rectal cancer, your doctor will likely remove the part of the rectum that is infect...
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Are there alternative treatments for stage 4 rectal cancer?
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There is no reliable alternative to surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy to treat the physical affec...
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