WHAT IS THE COLON?
The colon and rectum form the major part of the large intestine, spanning about 5 feet or 1.5 meters. Distinct sections are named based on the movement of food through the digestive tract. The proximal colon encompasses the ascending and transverse colon, while the distal colon includes the descending and sigmoid colon.
The colon’s role in digestion involves absorbing salt and water from food after it passes through the small intestine. The waste is stored in the rectum until it’s expelled through the anus during a bowel movement.