Colorectal Cancer

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Colorectal cancer is the third-leading cause of cancer deaths among women. But preventive care, screenings and expert medical treatment can effectively combat this killer.

Scott & White GI Cancer Program offers expert cancer care in a close-to-home location for Central Texas patients.

Through the expertise of its staff members, state of the art technology and careful coordination of a multidisciplinary medical team, Scott & White's GI Cancer Program helps lead the way in life-saving cancer treatments.

Early detection makes the difference in colorectal cancer outcomes. When the cancer is detected in a localized state, the five-year relative survival rate is 90 percent. But only 38 percent of colorectal cancers are discovered that quickly. Regular screenings dramatically increase your chances for early detection.

Scott & White physicians have devised a colorectal screening program based upon their own extensive experience and the recommendations of the American Cancer Society.

Colorectal Cancer: Facts versus Fiction

Fiction: Colorectal cancer is a disease of only older, white men.

Fact: Nearly an equal number of men and women get colorectal cancer. Of the estimated 148,000 new cases of colorectal cancer to be diagnosed in 2005, fully one half will occur in women. In fact, colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death among women. Of the more than 57,000 estimated deaths from colorectal cancer in 2005, 29,000 will be women — more than half of all colorectal cancer deaths. African-Americans and Hispanics are more likely to be diagnosed with colorectal cancer in its advanced stages.

Fiction: There is nothing I can do about getting colorectal cancer.

Fact: Few Americans know that colorectal cancer may be preventable! Screening methods can detect colorectal cancer early and remove polyps before they become cancerous.

Fiction: Colorectal cancer is usually fatal.

Fact: Colorectal cancer is usually curable when detected early! Ninety-one percent of patients with localized colorectal cancer (confined to the colon and rectum) are alive five years after diagnosis.

Fiction: Screenings are necessary only for individuals who have symptoms.

Fact: Since symptoms of colorectal cancer are often silent, it is important to obtain regular screenings. Men and women who are 50 or older should get screened regularly for colorectal cancer. About 75 percent of all new cases of colorectal cancer occur in individuals who, other than their age, exhibit no known risk factors for the disease.

Men and women who are at high risk because they have a personal or family history of colorectal cancer or polyps, or a personal history of inflammatory bowel disease might need to be screened before age 50. In addition, women who have a personal or family history of ovarian, endometrial or breast cancer may need to be screened before age 50. Ask your healthcare provider about when you should begin screening.

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