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The main working area of the large bowel, where water is removed from solid waste. Its four parts are the ascending colon, transverse colon, descending colon and sigmoid colon.

descending colon

The left side of the colon.

sigmoid colon

The section of the colon below the descending colon and above the rectum and anus….

transverse colon

The section of the colon between the ascending and descending colon….

Bowel cancer

Bowel cancer is cancer in any part of the large bowel (colon or rectum). It is sometimes known as colorectal cancer and may be called colon cancer, depending on where it starts. Cancer of the small bowel is very rare…

ascending colon

The right side of the bowel.

Gemma and Matt’s story

…even more unique. In 2016 I was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer and just six days later my husband, Matt (40), was diagnosed with colon cancer. This is our story: In 2015 Matt started having digestive problems. Around this…

gastrointestinal (GI) tract

The passage from the mouth to the anus that allows a person to digest food and eliminate waste. The lower GI tract includes the colon, rectum and anus.


An opening (stoma) in the abdomen made from the colon (part of the large bowel). Also, the operation that creates this stoma.


A procedure in which a doctor inserts a sigmoidoscope into the anus to examine the rectum and lower colon….