Appendix Cancer Overview
Posted on: July 30, 2015
What is appendix cancer?The appendix is a pouch like tube that averages 10 cm in length and is considered part of the gastrointestinal tract. Though the appendix is attached to the large intestine, it is thought to have no significant function to digestion, but contributes to the function of the lymphatic, exocrine, or endocrine systems. Appendix, or appendiceal cancer occurs when cells in the appendix become abnormal and multiply without control. These cells form a growth of tissue, called a tumor. So, what are appendix cancer causes? Unfortunately, the cause of appendix cancer is unknown and no avoidable risk factors have been identified. The most common form of appendix cancer is a carcinoid tumor– making up 66% of all appendiceal cancers. The major risk factor for that tumor time is an average age of 40.
Appendix cancer symptoms:
- Ascites (fluid in the abdomen)
- Pain in the abdomen or pelvis area
- Increased girth (size of the waistline), with or without a protrusion of the navel (bellybutton)
- Changes in bowel function