The large bowel is the part of the digestive system that runs from the appendix and the end of the small bowel to the rectum (also known as the back passage) - at the end of which is the anus. It includes the different sections of the colon. Cancer of the large bowel may also be called colorectal cancer.
Cancer of the bowel usually means cancer of the large bowel. Cancer of the small bowel is much rarer and information is in a separate small bowel cancer section.
Cancer of the appendix is also rare and listed separately in the appendix section
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