National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. According to the American Cancer Society, excluding skin cancers, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States.
What Is Colorectal Cancer?
Colorectal cancer begins in the inner lining of the large bowel. Often, the cancer begins as a growth called a polyp. If the polyp's cells have invaded the bowel wall, then it is called a cancer. It is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in the United States, but the good news is that it is also one of the most treatable. Early detection of the disease can reduce a person's risk of death by 90%.
Colorectal cancer symptoms vary depending on the cancer's size and location. People may experience rectal bleeding, unexplained weight loss, a change in bowel habits, or abdominal pain. However, many people with colorectal cancer experience no symptoms. Because of this, regular screening is important. If you are over 50, speak with your doctor about getting screened.
Drexel's Division of Colorectal Surgery
The Division of Colorectal Surgery in the Department of Surgery provides expert, compassionate and technologically advanced care to patients with diseases of the intestines and anorectum. The medical staff is dedicated to working with patients to ensure they achieve complete satisfaction with their care. They believe in the importance of education so our patients and physicians can make informed decisions together.
For more information, visit www.DrexelMedicine.org. To make an appointment, please call 215-762-6220.