Facts About Colorectal Cancer
When colorectal cancer is detected early, the chances of successful treatment are greatest. It can be prevented or detected early through certain procedures–a colonoscopy being the procedure of choice. Colonoscopies are administered in our Endoscopy Center under experienced personnel. Patients are closely monitored throughout the colonoscopy for safety and comfort.
Most colorectal cancers begin as a polyp, which later becomes cancerous. If polyps are found early, they can be removed before becoming cancerous. Beginning at age 50, you should have a colonoscopy every 10 years. People with increased risk of colorectal cancer should discuss a more frequent and earlier screening schedule with their doctor.
A colonoscopy is the best way to prevent and detect cancer at a stage where it can be successfully treated. Early detection of small cancers reduces the likelihood of major surgery. A diet low in fat and rich in fruits and vegetables may also help lower the risk of colorectal cancer.
of colorectal cancers are discovered while the cancer is found at a local stage (confined to colon or rectum).
of colorectal cancers are found after the disease has spread to distant organs.
Once the cancer is diagnosed at a regional stage (spread to surrounding tissue) that rate drops 66%.
of those diagnosed when the cancer is found at a local stage (confined to colon or rectum) survive more than five years.
of colorectal cancers are found after the cancer is found at a regional stage (spread to surrounding tissue).
When the cancer has also spread to distant sites, only 8.5% of those diagnosed will reach the five-year survival milestone.