In terms of colon cancer screening, colonoscopy is still the best option. The advanced exam not only allows surgeons to remove precancerous and cancerous polyps during surgery, but it is also 98 percent accurate in detecting colon cancer.
Approximately 50,000 people die each year from colorectal cancer. However, it is one of the most curable kinds of cancer if caught early.
In fact, screening can oftentimes thwart the onset of disease. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends that persons with an average risk of colorectal cancer start screening checks for the disease at age 45 and up.
Survival Rates for Colorectal Cancer
In order to get a sense of how many patients with the same type and stage of cancer are still living five years later, you can look at survival rates. Despite the fact that they can’t predict how long you’ll survive, they can offer you a clearer sense of how probable it is that your therapy will be effective.
To be clear, the survival rates reported indicate the following:
Estimates are based on the experiences of a large number of people who have had a particular type of cancer. They do not, however, guarantee a patient’s result. These numbers can be perplexing, and they may leave you with more questions than answers. Ask your doctor if these numbers apply to you; he or she will be familiar with your condition.
What is a 5-year relative survival rate?
Relative survival rates compare the survival rates of cancer patients with those of the general population for the same type and stage of cancer. A 5-year relative survival rate of 80% suggests that patients with a given stage of the colon or rectal cancer have an 80% chance of living at least 5 years following their diagnosis as opposed to those who do not have that cancer.
At the Doral Health and Wellness Multispecialty Clinic, your gastrointestinal health will receive the thorough attention it deserves from qualified medical professionals. Gastroenterologists at Doral Health & Wellness are a group of medical experts that specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders that affect the digestive and hepatic systems. They diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions, from inflammatory bowel disease to colon diseases, and cholecystitis. They can identify and treat a wide variety of disorders affecting the digestive tract and liver. In addition to that, it is also the responsibility of these specialists to carry out basic procedures such as colonoscopies. Please call us at 347-861016.