Colon cancer, X-ray

Colon cancer, X-ray

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Caption: X-ray of the bowel of a 59 year old male patient with obstructive colon cancer. The patient was given a barium enema prior to the X-ray to show up any abnormalities. The irregular filling of the colon with the barium (white) shows the presence of a tumour which is blocking the bowel. Symptoms of colon cancer include rectal bleeding and abdominal pain. Treatment is with surgery to remove the affected area. Colon cancer is one of the most common cancers in the Western world. It is a disease of late and middle age. Risk factors include a diet high in animal fat and low in fibre and a sedentary lifestyle.

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