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Understanding Colon Cancer

A. Richard Adrouny, MD, FACP

 

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For decades, while other cancers grabbed the headlines, colorectal cancer received little attention, yet the lifetime risk of colorectal cancer in the general population is 2.5 to 5 percent. Colorectal cancer incidence and mortality have been waning in the U.S. in recent decades, but they still cause about 56,000 deaths annually. About 140,000 new cases are diagnosed each year.

Understanding Colon Cancer covers fundamental knowledge about the occurrence, development, genetics, diagnosis, staging, prognosis, and treatment of the disease. It reviews who gets it and high-risk conditions, including polyposis syndromes. Discussed in full detail are the warning signs of the disease and the tests used for screening and diagnosis.

Two chapters focus on treatments, including surgery and chemotherapy. An entire chapter devoted to early detection and prevention discusses standard approaches, as well as such new or emerging strategies as vitamins, drugs, and genetic screening. Understanding Colon Cancer concludes with discussion that forecasts the potential of genetic screening and treatment, of "virtual colonoscopy," and of new chemotherapeutic drugs, vaccines, and monoclonal antibodies.

Dr. Richard Adrouny has a private practice in Los Gatos, California, and is a hematologist/oncologist at the Community Hospital of Los Gatos-Saratoga.

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