Which cancer is more dangerous: rectal or colon cancer?

The higher stage. The one with the higher stage would be more dangerous.
Stage more imp. Stage of the caner is more important than if it is rectal or colonic. Colonic cancers vary in their presentations, between tumors on the right side or left side.

Related Questions

Does a little bit of bloody mucus mean rectal or colon cancer?

No. It may be colitis or a similar condition. But it does need to be checked by a physician. It could be cancer - there is no way that the patient, himself or herself, can sort this out. Get it checked! Read more...
Blood needs check-up. Bleeding from the GI tract (whether identified via mouth or rectum, whether visible in stool or found on fecal occult blood test) is never normal. Even "a little bit" of bleeding deserves evaluation to identify source. For most patients, however bleeding as you describe does not mean cancer, but rather inflammation, broken blood vessels, diverticulosis, infection, ischemia, fissures, hemorrhoids. Read more...

Can hemorrhoids lead to rectal or colon cancer?

No, but. it can cause rectal bleeding, which can confound or delay diagnosis of colo-rectal cancer. Read more...
No. We all have hemorrhoids (pillars of vascular tissue in the lower rectum). Some of us have symptomatic hemorrhoids (bleeding, pain, or itching). On their own, symptomatic hemorrhoids will not lead to colon cancer. The low fiber Western diet can be associated with an increased risk of colon and rectal cancer. Best advice: eat a diet high in fiber and drink lots of water. Read more...

Can the rectal exam find colon cancer?

Only. ..If it is low in the rectum and palpable to the finger. Also, if it's causing bleeding, the doctor may do an occult blood test during the rectal exam which if positive, may lead to the discovery of cancer later. Not a great screening test, though. Read more...

Are colon cancer and rectal cancer the same thing?

Somewhat. Colon cancer and rectal caner are usually an adenocarcinoma. They are both located in the large intestine. The difference is that they are treated differently. Sometimes rectal cancer is first treated with radiation and chemotherapy before surgery. Colon cancer often does not use radiation therapy. Both cancers use surgery to remove the cancer. Read more...

How is a digital rectal exam done to detect colon cancer?

Carefully. The physician will insert a gloved finger into the rectum, feeling for abnormal masses and or blood, stool should be tested immunologically for blood. Although still considered a screening evaluation that is acceptable, a colonoscopy is still the best screening tool we have for early colon/rectal cancer detection. Read more...
May not. A digital rectal examination can only test as far a finger will go into the rectum. A finger inserted through the anus cannot reach colon, therefore a digital rectal examination cannot detect colon cancer. However, rectum is part of the colon and a common site for cancer and a digital rectal exam is useful. Colonoscopy remains the gold standard for detecting colon cancer. Read more...

Colon cancer pt. Surgery done. Aortocaval node contains a met. Is this dangerous? Can it cause issues? What best treatment for it?

Makes it high risk c. This is a high risk(stage-3) Cancer which has potential for recurrence. Adjuvant chemotherapy is desirable, so be sure to seek Medical Oncology opinion for adjuvant chemotherapy, if possible. Read more...
If + is stage 4. With nodal disease a PET scan essential to RO other lesions. If solitary and hasnt responded to chemo then surgical reesection is important because of growth and invasion of aorta. We have resected portions of aora for such lesions. Newer therapy after chemo include mAbs like Neo 102 on FDA study.for chemo failure colon CA. Read more...