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Patients & Public

In a continuing effort to provide patients and the public with up-to-date and useful information about diseases of the colon, rectum and anus, the ASCRS offers a variety of educational materials, informational brochures, and videos on this Web site. Following the links on the left will allow you access to:


Learn about colorectal conditions and related treatments & screenings.  These online brochures list symptoms and related procedures for the most common colorectal diseases.

View patient education videos.

Read patient success stories.

Learn about inherited colorectal cancer registries. If your family has a history of colorectal cancer, you or other family members may wish to be part of a colorectal cancer registry.

Research related advocacy groups

Locate a colorectal surgeon. Online reading is not a substitute for a professional evaluation. If you think you may be at risk, locate a colorectal surgeon for an appointment.

Read information relating to Colorectal Cancer Awareness month, held during the month of March.

What is a colon and rectal surgeon?

Colon and rectal surgeons are experts in the surgical and non-surgical treatment of colon and rectal problems. They have completed advanced training in the treatment of colon and rectal problems in addition to full training in general surgery. Colon and rectal surgeons treat benign and malignant conditions, perform routine screening examinations and surgically treat problems when necessary.

What does it mean to be board certified?

The surgeon who has attained Certification by the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery (ABCRS) has specialized knowledge and skill with regard to problems of the colon, rectum, anus and small bowel.


The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons is a professional association of 2,900+ surgeons, many of whom specialize in the research, diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the colon and rectum.