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COLORECTAL CANCER

August 20, 2020 by Jim Waller0

Colorectal cancer is the second most common cancer overall in the U.S. There are approximately 140,000 new cases diagnosed yearly; with 50,000 to 60,000 deaths! The risk of developing colon cancer increases with age; especially after the age of 45- 50. Cancer develops from polyps which are abnormal growths from the lining of the colon. It takes a number of years ( 3-5yrs or longer ) for a polyp to grow and undergo the change from benign to cancerous. This gives us the opportunity to examine the colon and remove polyps before they become cancerous. This is the reason that we recommend that everyone begin colon cancer screening by age 45-50 and continue screening every 10 years for life. Patients with a family history of cancer or polyps should begin screening at age 40 or ten years earlier than detection of the poly or cancer in their family member, and continue screening every 5 years. Colonoscopy is a painless procedure in almost all cases; being done under sedation or anesthesia. It is entirely normal to be apprehensive or afraid of any procedure. If you have questions or wish to schedule a colonoscopy don’t hesitate to call us. Our Board Certified Colorectal Surgeons can safely guide you through the entire process and procedure.

The primary treatment of colorectal cancer is surgery.

Patients treated by Colorectal Surgeons have better outcomes.

Jim Waller


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