The nurse is caring for a patient suspected of having cancer of the large intestine. The nurse understands that adenocarcinomas of the large intestine are most common in


• Adenocarcinomas of the large intestine make up around 98% of all neoplasms of the colon. 75% of these adenocarcinomas occur in the rectum or sigmoid colon.

• Neoplasms of the colon are linked with diets low in fiber, high in fat, and high in meats. They are also associated with abnormalities of the villi caused by Crohn's disease, Gardiner's syndrome, or familial polyposis.

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