Colon Surgery Without a Single Cut: TEMS

What surgery is done without any incisions? People hear “surgery” and they think “scalpel” or “scar.” But today, there are surgeries that can be performed without one cut, such as transanal endoscopic microsurgery, or TEMS. This procedure is performed entirely through the anus and rectum and offers an effective, quick-recovery treatment to completely remove large … Read More

Colon Cancer: Find It Early

Unfortunately, colorectal cancer is one of the most common cancers in the United States.  In 2009, 136,717 people in the United States were diagnosed with colorectal cancer and 51,848 (38 percent) people died from it. The best opportunity for curing cancer, once it develops, is to find it early and to remove it surgically. Once … Read More

Minorities More at Risk for Colorectal Cancer (Video)

Colorectal surgeon Ryan Williams, MD, talks about this increased risk African Americans and other minorities have for colorectal cancer — and the critical importance of colonoscopy screenings. To learn more about colonoscopies and other important health screenings for minority populations, attend Cleveland Clinic Minority Men’s Health Fair on April 25, 2013.

7 Steps to a Healthier Colon

Nearly 93,090 people will be diagnosed with colon cancer this year — and that’s just in the United States. Colorectal cancer, which starts in the large intestine (colon) or the rectum, is one of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths in the United States. But it’s also one of the most treatable cancers if doctors detect … Read More

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Removing a Colon Through a Belly Button (Video)

Not so long ago, surgeons needed to make a 10- or 15-inch incision in a person’s abdomen to remove a person’s colon. Today, a person’s entire large intestine and rectum (which make up the colon) can be removed leaving only a coin-sized scar hidden in a person’s belly button. In my practice, I remove one … Read More

Colonoscopies: Doctors Get Them, Too (Video)

If it’s time for a colonoscopy, and you haven’t had one before, doctor-turned-patient James Church, MD has words for you: “If I can do it, you can do it.” After performing thousands of colonoscopies as a colorectal surgeon, Dr. Church was curious about what his patients experience during a screening. At age 45, he decided … Read More

Lynch Syndrome and the Genetics of Colon Cancer

If you are 50 or older, you probably know you need regular screenings to prevent colon cancer. But did you know that some people need screenings much earlier in life? For people with Lynch syndrome, the most common genetic cause of colorectal cancer, the risk starts as early as age 25. Fortunately, knowing if you … Read More

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Colon Cancer Awareness
Month 2013

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month, and in honor of patients and their families, we’ve put together information about diagnosis, treatment and more. Take a free colon cancer risk assessment Estimate Your Risk Related Health Hub posts Colonoscopy: What’s Stopping You?Removing a Colon Through a Belly Button (Video)Scarless Surgery? (Video) Colon Cleansing: Is It Safe? … Read More