Colorectal cancer is one of the most commonly detected cancers in both men and women.
Though no cause other than genetics has yet been identified, it does appear associated with a diet high in saturated fats. Like many cancers, it is also associated with age and is detected most frequently after the age of 50.
Martha Jefferson's five-year survival rate for colon and rectal cancer is superior to state and national averages.
Early detection offers the greatest promise for cure and is therefore the primary goal of the gastrointestinal specialists. Screening colonoscopies may even prevent disease if pre-cancerous polyps are discovered and removed.
Diagnosis and treatment of colorectal cancer continues to evolve, as do the services of Martha Jefferson Cancer Center. They include the following: