During the past 30 years, Jeffrey Milsom, director of colon and rectal surgery at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, has often been the bearer of bad news. The colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the US and the third most common in both men and women cancer. Each year, about 135,000 people in the United States are diagnosed, and more than 50,000 die. However, innovations in the detection, diagnosis and treatment have revolutionized the field and deaths from the disease have declined steadily.
As we age, most of us develop precancerous polyps and in fact, there is ample period of time-several years to remove a polyp and relieved. Unfortunately, people do not seek treatment in the early stages about 22 million people between 50 and 75 who should be screened do not. Continue reading “Battling colon cancer”