Stages Of Colon Cancer
Men, it is important to educate yourselves on the stages of colon cancer. The best way to determine if you have colon cancer is to have a colonoscopy performed by your doctor.
- Stage Zero. Stage Zero is one of the non-threatening stages of colon cancer. A polyp will appear in the inner lining of the colon wall. The polyp can easily be removed surgically which will cure the cancer in that area. Routine checkups should be scheduled every few years because polyps can grow in other places of the colon.
- Stage One. Stage One is one of the minor stages of colon cancer. This stage occurs when the polyps enlarge and protrude through the inner layer into the middle layers of the colon. These polyps can be removed with a colonoscopy surgery.
- Stage Two. Stage Two is one of the moderate stage of colon cancer. In this stage the cancer cells enlarge and grow through the outer layer of the colon. The cancer cells must be cut out and treated with drugs and chemotherapy.
- Stage Three. Stage Three is one of the more severe cases of colon cancer. The cancer cells spread into the lymph nodes causing the colon cancer to become harder to treat. A large piece of the colon must be removed and treated with drugs and chemotherapy.
- Stage Four. Stage Four is the most critical and final stage of colon cancer. The cancer cells migrate into the lymph nodes, liver, and lungs. Surgery must be performed to cut out the infect sections of the liver, lungs, and colon (large intestine).
Posted on: Oct. 29, 2010