If you must have surgery, would you prefer one with more damage to your body or less? How about a surgery with more pain or less, a longer hospital stay or a shorter one, and a surgery with the possibility of multiple complications or one which delivers fewer complications? We think we know the answer. Fortunately, there are more and more surgical procedures available that offer a minimally invasive alternative. What are the benefits of minimally invasive surgery?
Those who regularly have a colonoscopy are familiar with the term polyp. They understand that they are small growths on the inside of the colon or rectum. They have several shapes and can be numerous, but having a polyp does not mean you have cancer. However, colon polyp size, shape, and growth pattern affects cancer risk.
Anyone who is given a colon cancer diagnosis finds their world has turned upside down in one minute. Fear, anxiety, and a thousand other emotions hit all at once. After the initial shock settles in, now you need to think clearly and figure out the next steps after a colon cancer diagnosis.
If you are approaching the age of 45, you may be wondering, why do I need to get a colonoscopy? For starters, it could save your life. If that doesn’t move you to set one up, we will give you several additional reasons.
The CDC indicates us that colon cancer is the third most common cancer that affects both men and women. Sadly, colorectal cancer is also rising among young people.
Now more than ever, it’s important to make sure that you are proactively taking the steps to be sure your colon is healthy early in life!
Several well-known medical entities have updated their colon cancer screening recommendations from age 50 to 45 for those with average risk. Recently, both the American Cancer Society and the United States Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) have made these changes due to the increasing numbers of young adults being diagnosed with colon cancer. These routine screenings can catch colon cancer sooner making it easier to treat and increasing the survival rates, so now, for colon cancer screenings: 45 is the new 50. Continue reading “Colon Cancer Screenings: 45 Is The New 50”
Anal discomfort is not exactly a pleasant topic of conversation, however it’s important to understand that doctors have heard it all, and yours won’t be surprised or reluctant to respond, so there is no reason to be embarrassed. What is important is that you don’t ignore it.
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In honor of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, the highly-trained specialists at Rochester Colon-rectal Surgeons, P.C. have compiled this list of colorectal cancer fast facts to help educate patients on the importance of regular screenings. If you have more questions or would like to schedule a screening, contact our colorectal surgery center in Rochester, NY at (585) 222-6566 today! Continue reading “Colorectal Cancer Fast Facts”
By Claudia Hriesik, MD
March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and now is a good time to learn more about colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon and rectum) and how it can be prevented or best treated.
The good news first: Colorectal cancer is preventable, treatable and beatable!
- Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States and is an “Equal Opportunity Killer”= both men and women are affected
- This year, approximately 140,000 new cases of colorectal cancer will be diagnosed and 56,000 people will die from the disease
- Colorectal cancer is a disease that can be prevented though through regular screenings, a healthy diet and regular exercise
- The risk of colorectal cancer goes up as we get older
- Although the number of colorectal cancer cases has declined in adults 55 years of age and older since 2005, the number of cases has increased in people younger than 55
- Screening and early detection are the key to help find colorectal cancer when it’s small, hasn’t spread, and might be easier to treat
- The American Cancer Society recommends that men and women at average risk start colorectal cancer screening at age 45. Some people may be at higher risk based on their family health history and other risk factors and might need to start testing earlier
How can you lower your own risk?
- Eat a low-fat, high-fiber diet
- Avoid alcohol and tobacco. Alcohol and tobacco in combination are linked to colorectal cancer and other gastrointestinal cancers
- Exercise for at least 20 minutes three to four days each week
Can colorectal cancer be cured?
- Since there are very few symptoms associated with colorectal cancer, regular screening is essential. Screening is beneficial for two main reasons: colorectal cancer is preventable if polyps that lead to the cancer are detected and removed, and it is curable if the cancer is detected in its early stages
- If detected, colorectal cancer requires surgery in nearly all cases for complete cure, sometimes in conjunction with radiation and chemotherapy
- Between 80-90% 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% or less when diagnosed in the later stages
Note: 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
How can you be screened?
- Current screening methods include:
- Stool occult blood and abnormal DNA testing (Chemical tests that can detect hidden blood in the stool and/ or changes in the DNA)
- Flexible sigmoidoscopy (a visual examination of the rectum and lower portion of the colon)
- Colonoscopy (a visual examination of the entire colon)
- Double contrast barium enema (X-ray) or CT colonography
- Digital rectal exam
As opposed to other tests: During a colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy colon polyps can both be detected and removed!
Please find out from your colorectal surgeon or other healthcare provider which screening procedure is right for you and how often you should be screened
Screening can be a Lifesaver!
For further questions/ concerns please contact us at (585) 22-COLON or (585) 222-6566
Your team at Rochester Colon and Rectal Surgeons, P.C.
After a remarkable 31 year career, Dr. Rauh has retired from clinical practice and will no longer be seeing patients.
Dr. Rauh joined Dr. Graney and Dr. Dmochowski in 1989 and quickly became a leader in colon and rectal surgery, highly regarded in the region and throughout the country. As managing partner of RCRS for nearly his entire career, he was instrumental in the growth of the practice into what it is today: 8 full-time physicians and 4 advanced practice providers seeing thousands of patients per year across 6 locations.
In 2008 he and Dr. Ognibene performed the first robotic colon resection in upstate New York. Thanks to his expertise and innovative thinking, RCRS is now amongst the leaders in robotic colon and rectal surgery worldwide, having performed several thousand robotic operations to date.
Throughout an extraordinary career of dedication and hard work, Dr. Rauh has been known for providing compassionate care of the highest standard. His patients and staff who have worked with him will miss him dearly. We have fond memories and we wish Dr. Rauh the best in his retirement, which is well deserved! Thank you, Dr Rauh, for all your contributions to RCRS.