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Colorectal cancer affects both men and women, most often above 50 years of age. It is one of the most common types of cancer. Colon cancer can be prevented. Screening tests are available that identify and treat the precursors to colon cancer, colon polyps. The colon is the lower portion of the GI tract and is about 5 feet long. A colon polyp is a growth inside the colon. Colon polyps can be small, often less than 1 cm. They can also be larger than 1 cm. These are less common and more likely to develop into colon cancer.

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