Colorectal cancer is the second most common cancer in the United States, striking 140,000 people annually and causing 60,000 deaths. That’s a staggering figure when you consider the disease is potentially curable if diagnosed in the early stages.
Our Dr. Christine Bouchard is a board-certified colon and rectal surgeon who specializes in the prevention and treatment of colon and rectal cancer. “The possibility of curing patients after symptoms develop is only 50%, but if colorectal cancer is found and treated at an early stage before symptoms develop, the opportunity to cure it is 80% of better,” Dr. Bouchard says. “Most colon cancers start as non-cancerous growths called polyps. If we are able to find these polyps while they are still non-cancerous, we remove them and the cancer may be prevented. Major surgery can usually be avoided, as well,” she adds.
Colorectal surgeons are experts in the surgical and nonsurgical treatment of colon and rectal problems and play an instrumental role in the effective screening, prevention, and treatment of colorectal cancer. Studies have shown that patients treated with colorectal surgeons are more likely to survive colorectal cancer because of their advanced training and the large number of colon and rectal disease surgeries they perform. Call today at (804) 320-2705 to discuss colon cancer screening or to schedule a colonoscopy.
If you would like to learn more about Dr. Bouchard, please visit her profile on our website under the Physicians tab and under the specialties Colon and Rectal Surgery and Endoscopy.