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Treatment by a Colorectal Specialist Improves Outcomes & Life Expectancy

Treatment Improves Outcomes & Life Expectancy The actual number of patients who die from colon and rectal cancer in the United States has decreased each year for the past 3 years. This is in spite of a larger and older population. The incidence of colorectal cancer has decreased, largely due to the effectiveness of screening techniques which identify and remove growths called polyps before they can develop into cancers. Specialized treatment of colorectal cancer has also resulted in improved survival for all stages of the disease.

Multiple studies confirm that when colorectal surgeons are involved in treatment of diseases of the colon, rectum and anus:

1. Mortality is reduced
2. Less complications result
3. Survival rates improve following cancer surgery
4. Patients require fewer permanent artificial openings such as a colostomy.

Common colorectal conditions diagnosed and treated by Colon and Rectal Clinic surgeons include:

Procedures utilized by Colon and Rectal Clinic surgeons include:
For more information about CRC, its physicians and the colorectal treatments and procedures provided, contact the Colon & Rectal Clinic nearest you.


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