Definition: Small bowel cancer is an uncommon type of cancer that occurs in the small intestine. Your small intestine, which is also called the small bowel, is a long tube that carries digested food between your stomach and your large intestine (colon).
Symptoms: Blood in the stool (feces), Dark/black stools, Diarrhea, A lump in the abdomen, Pain or cramps in the abdomen, Unexplained weight loss, Episodes of abdominal pain that may be accompanied by severe nausea or vomiting.
Statistics: Colorectal carcinoma is the third most common cancer in the United States in both men and women but still remains the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths. Worldwide, colorectal cancer is the fourth most common cancer and affects both men and women equally. In 2003, more than 146,000 cases of colorectal cancer were diagnosed in the United States, and the American Cancer Society estimated that ~56,730 would die from this disease.