Colorectal Cancer Care
Colorectal cancer, or cancer of the colon or rectum, is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in men and women in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society. Colorectal cancer is a preventable cancer, and because of increased awareness and screening as well as improved treatment technology, the death rate from the disease has been decreasing in the last 15 years.
Still, more needs to be done. Many Americans are not getting lifesaving screening colonoscopies, which can remove polyps (tissue growths) before they develop into cancer or find cancer in an earlier stage, when it is easier to cure.
At Sturdy Memorial Hospital, patients are offered the most sophisticated methods of diagnostic testing and the latest advancements in colorectal cancer treatment available. In this section, you will find information regarding colorectal cancer diagnostic modalities and treatment options available at the Hospital, ways to reduce your risk of getting the disease, screening guidelines, and information about our Cancer Care Team, including our board certified gastroenterologists. Gastroenterologists are physicians specializing in diagnosing and treating disorders of the stomach, intestines, rectum, and related organs of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Sturdy Memorial's gastroenterologists evaluate GI function and abnormalities, assess each patient's risk for cancer, and perform procedures including colonoscopies in the Hospital's Endoscopy Suite.