6. The colon is referred to as the large intestine it filters out water, salt and some nutrients to produce stool. It is 5 feet long and weighs 4 pounds on an average.
7. The American society of colon and rectal surgeons states that 140,000 new cases of colorectal cancer will be diagnosed this year. 56000 people this year will die this year because of this disease.
8. A colectomy is the removal of some or all the colon. A human body can live without a colon but it needs an alternate route to remove its waste.
9. The Crohn’s and Colitis foundation has given two options for creating an alternate path once a colectomy has taken place. The first one is ileostomy, a surgically created hole in the abdominal wall that allows stool to pass. Adding on the second one is an ileoanal pouch anastomosis an internal pouch connected to the anus with allows stool to pass out naturally.