Colon and rectal cancer are common — together, they’re the third most common cancer in the United States, and the second-leading cause of cancer death
Rectal cancer typically affects people later in life, but doctors are seeing a surprising trend toward younger patients, particularly younger baby boomers. A colorectal surgeon answers some key questions.
Don’t buy into the many myths about colonoscopy. Most people don’t even remember their exam once it’s done. And today’s preps are literally easier to swallow.
Watch colorectal surgeon Jean Ashburn, MD, and oncologist Michael McNamara, MD, explain the reality behind common myths about colonoscopy — and about colorectal cancer itself.
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Patients diagnosed with colon cancer have a host of fears and questions about treatments. Get expert information about the prognosis for this disease — and advice for long-term thinking.
Colon cancer is one of the most preventable cancers ever. Learn about the exam that stops this cancer cold. Get tips on healthy diet and lifestyle changes. Learn how to cope with cancer if it’s diagnosed, and much more.
It can be hard to know what questions to ask when your doctor says you have cancer. Since oncologists often present “just the facts,” without necessarily opening up the floor for questions, it’s good to be proactive. After a cancer diagnosis, here are seven questions I suggest patients ask: 1. Where do you recommend getting … Read More
The first thing most people worry about when they have minor rectal bleeding is that they have a cancer. Of course, colon cancer is what I worry most about, too. But it’s the cause of rectal bleeding only 1 to 2 percent of the time. Two problems are usually responsible for blood on the paper, … Read More
Of any cancer, colon cancer may be the most preventable. Doctors say that all colon cancer begins with a non-cancerous polyp — a polyp that can be removed. Also, colon cancer is slow-growing, which gives doctors time to find it with a colonoscopy. So the message is: Get your colonoscopy. It’s worth it — and … Read More
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