Colon cancer begins when healthy cells in the colon develop changes in their DNA.
A cell’s DNA contains a set of instructions that tell a cell what to do. Healthy cells grow and divide in an orderly way to keep the body functioning normally.
But when a cell’s DNA is damaged and becomes cancerous, cells continue to divide even when new cells aren’t needed. As the cells accumulate, they form a tumour.
With time, the cancer cells can grow to invade and destroy normal tissue nearby.
And cancerous cells can travel to other parts of the body to form deposits there.
When this happens a person may notice a persistent abdominal discomfort and it could mean an early symptom of colon cancer.
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