Rectal cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the United States, and about 5% of Americans will develop colon and rectal cancer during their lifetime. At any one time, 1 million Americans are currently living with colorectal cancer.
Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States and approximately 56,000 people die of cancer each year. Dr. Ramos explains that this is a very preventable and very curable cancer if detected early.
There are often no symptoms. In that case, when the cancer begins, it can be detected in time with an examination, that is with a colonoscopy. The benefits of early detection and treatment are dramatic.
Dr. Ramos says that the possibility of curing patients after the symptoms appear is 50%. But if colorectal cancer is found and treated at an early stage before symptoms develop, the chance of cure rises to 80% or more.
MARCH IS COLO-RECTAL CANCER AWARENESS MONTH
Early examination is essential in prevention and increases the chances of cure. Each year, Dr. Ramos offers counseling throughout the month of March, the month of Awareness and Prevention of Colon and Rectal Cancer.
During this month, the expert colon and rectum surgeon, Dr. Raúl Ramos, is trying to raise awareness about this disease that is potentially a threat to life.
Please, help Dr. Raul Ramos in his fight against Colo-rectal cancer by sharing this video to create awareness and call to take action.
Most colon cancers begin with non-cancerous growth in what we call polyps. If we are able to find these polyps when they are still in noncancerous phase we can remove them, harvest them and then the cancer can be prevented. Likewise, major surgery can be avoided.Colon and rectal surgeons are experts in the surgical and non-surgical treatment of colon and rectum problems and play an important role in effective exams, prevention and treatment of colorectal cancer. Studies indicate that patients who are treated with colon and rectal surgeons are more likely to survive cancer because these surgeons have advanced training in performing a greater number of such surgeries.
The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, dedicated to advancing the treatment of patients with diseases affecting colon, rectum and anus, supports the following recommendations for the early diagnosis of colorectal cancer:
Colon cancer causes 50,000 deaths and affects 150,000 new patients each year, according to the University Health System. A survivor of this disease tells us about his experience. (Published Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - Video produced by TelemundoSanAntonio.com).
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LINKS OF INTEREST:
American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons
Colon and Rectal Surgical Associates of S.A. P.A
CDC – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
American Gastroenterological Association
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