The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be more than 106,000 new cases of colon cancer this year and 40,000 cases of rectal cancer. Of those, approximately 1 in 3 will die from the disease, making colorectal cancer the third most common cancer found in men and women in this country. The risk of a person having colorectal cancer in their lifetime is 1 in 19.
These are scary figures. However, thanks to greater awareness of early detection and treatment, the death rate from colorectal cancer is on the decline.
Many of today's surgical treatments can be performed laparoscopically
. Laparoscopic procedures are minimally invasive and usually performed in an outpatient setting, like Springfield Clinic's Ambulatory Surgery & Endoscopy Center. Our physicians maintain privileges in many central Illinois hospitals, such as at St. John's Hospital or Memorial Medical Center.