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Question: What is the difference between anal cancer and colon cancer? I was reading a story that Farrah Fawcet has anal cancer. I thought we called it colon cancer or is there a difference?

Answer: Anal cancer and colon cancer are not exactly the same thing. Colon cancer occurs in the colon, also known as the large intestine. It usually occurs as the result of malignant (cancer) degeneration of a precancerous lesion known as a polyp. Anal cancer occurs in the anal canal. A different type of cell lines the anal canal and thus, it is a different type of cancer. They metastasize (spread) differently and are treated in somewhat different ways depending on the cell type involved.

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