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Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Did you know that, according to the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS), nearly 140,000 new cases of colorectal cancer are diagnosed every year? March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and a great time to learn about this deadly but treatable disease.

When discovered early, Colorectal Cancer can be removed by colorectal surgeons experienced in the surgical and nonsurgical treatment of colon and rectal issues, like Dr. Keith Munson of the Jefferson Surgical Clinic, the ONLY colorectal surgeon in Roanoke, Virginia that has the experience and training needed to successfully treat the condition if detected in time. Almost 90% of colorectal cancer victims return to their normal health if symptoms have been recognized, a diagnosis has been made, and treatment is administered in the early stages.

To catch it in time, it’s important to know the symptoms and receive regular check-ups to monitor and prevent contracting colorectal cancer. Symptoms can include constipation, abnormal gas, bloating, abdominal cramping, fatigue and irregular weight loss. For more information about colorectal cancer, preventative measures, and details about those considered at-risk, visit ASCRS awareness article.