Gastroenterologists understand how unpleasant the thought of a colonoscopy and the requisite preparation may seem. But as it stands, it remains the most conclusive way to screen and detect colon cancer. If you are looking for a doctor to provide care for all types and aspects of gastrointestinal disorders, see a specialist. At the office of Hematology/Oncology of the North Shore, our skilled and experienced gastroenterologists offer a wide range of services that include treatment of common disorders such as acid reflux and Irritable Bowel Syndrome as well as screening for colon cancer and polyp detection. We also offer expertise in the treatment and management of Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis, hepatitis, pancreatic and gallbladder diseases. Our office maintains a position at the forefront of advances in care and the uses latest biologic and immune modulating therapies to treat certain types of disorders. We also have specialized training in advanced endoscopic procedures including ERCP, endoscopic ultrasound and video capsule endoscopy.
Colorectal cancer starts in the colon or the rectum. While they occur in two different areas, colon cancer and rectal cancer are grouped under one heading because they have many features in common. Excluding skin cancers, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States. According to statistics from the American Cancer Society’s, the number of new colorectal cancer cases this year will be nearly 100,000. Although that number is alarmingly high, the death rate from colorectal cancer has actually been declining in both men and women over the past several decades. One of the reasons for this is that colorectal polyps are more frequently found during screenings and removed before they can develop into cancerous lesions. They are also being detected earlier when the disease is easier to treat. In addition, treatment for colorectal cancer has improved over the last few decades. As a result, there are now more than 1 million survivors of colorectal cancer in the United States. Of course, early detection is your best defense in fighting colon cancer.
At the office of Hematology/Oncology of the North Shore, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care. For more information on our practice and the many services we provide, give our office a call today.
By Hematology/Oncology of the North Shore
March 24, 2022