Cancer of the colon and rectum are the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States.
Fortunately, it is often a condition that is both preventable and treatable, and, when diagnosed at an early stage, colorectal cancers have a 90% chance of being cured.
A diet high in fiber, refraining from smoking, and regular exercise all lower your risk of colorectal cancer.
Colonoscopies play an important role as well, since most cancers start as small polyps that can be easily removed. It is important to discuss colonoscopy with your doctor to determine when you should start screening.
Our colon and rectal surgeons, Doctors Matthew Crapko and Michael Thomas, are fellowship-trained specialists with a focus on the treatment of these types of tumors.
We have a strong emphasis on minimally invasive and robotic techniques; surgery performed through small incisions only. What this means for our patients is less time in the hospital, reduced pain, fewer infections, and more time at home with family!
It is important to remember that colon and rectal cancers can be complex disease which is why our surgeons always work as a team with other cancer and GI specialists in town to make sure you are receiving the best possible care.
If you have a family history of colorectal cancers or polyps, make sure you discuss this with your doctor to see what screening is right for you.
Stay tuned this month for more information about Colon and Rectal Cancer Awareness Month!
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