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Colon Cancer

  1. Timothy J Yeatman

Published Online: 29 JAN 2003

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0001891



How to Cite

Yeatman, T. J. 2003. Colon Cancer. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 29 JAN 2003


Colon cancer is a neoplastic disease of the large intestine, which can be derived from both inherited or somatic genetic alterations that develop over the course of a lifetime. Prevention together with early detection and treatment are the keys to a successful outcome for this very common disease.


  • oncogene;
  • tumour suppressor gene;
  • mucosal lining;
  • large intestine;
  • p53 gene;
  • familial adenomatous polyposis;
  • hereditary nonpolyposis colon cancer