Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and a good time to learn more about colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon and rectum) and how it can be prevented or best treated.
Approximately 140,000 new cases of colorectal cancer are diagnosed every year and another 56,000 people die annually of this disease. But colorectal cancer is a disease that can be prevented and cured if detected and treated early.
Prevention techniques include regular screenings, a healthy diet and regular exercise. If detected, colorectal cancer requires surgery in nearly all cases for complete cure, sometimes in conjunction with radiation and chemotherapy. Between 80 and 90 percent of patients are restored to normal health if the cancer is detected and treated in the earliest stages. However, the cure rate drops to 50 percent or less when diagnosed in the later stages.
Studies have shown that patients treated by colorectal surgeons — experts in the surgical and nonsurgical treatment of colon and rectal problems — are more likely to survive colorectal cancer and experience fewer complications. This is attributed to colorectal surgeons' advanced training and the high volume of colon and rectal disease surgeries they perform.
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The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS), the leading professional society of colorectal surgeons, is pleased to provide you with the following information on colorectal cancer and its screening, prevention and treatment.
- The Facts About Colorectal Cancer(.pdf)
- Download the Screening For Colorectal Cancer Brochure
- Read Colorectal Cancer: Myths and Realities (.pdf)
- Find out: Are You at Risk for Colorectal Cancer? (.pdf)
- Learn 6 Steps to Lowering Your Risk of Colorectal Cancer (.pdf)
- Take a self-test on colorectal cancer
- Find the answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about colorectal cancer (.pdf)
- Review questions about colorectal cancer screening that you can ask your healthcare provider (.pdf)
- Find out what the colon is, what it does, and why it is important (.pdf)