March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and colorectal surgeon and expert, Satyadeep Bhattacharya, MD, is speaking out with advice for consumers on this potentially life-threatening disease.
“Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, with over 56,000 people expected to die from this disease each year,” Dr. Bhattacharya explains. “However, it is a preventable and very curable disease if caught early.”
Because there are often no symptoms when it is first developing, colorectal cancer can only be caught early through regular screening. “The benefits of early detection and treatment are dramatic,” Dr. Bhattacharya says. “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% or better.”
“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,” Dr. Bhattacharya 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 by 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.
For the first time ever, this area has a Fellowship trained colon and rectal surgeon. Satyadeep Bhattacharya, MD, was a colorectal surgical Fellow at Brown University in Rhode Island. Many of the procedures that Dr. Bhattacharya performs were once unavailable locally. Patients now have the option to stay here.
Some of Dr. Bhattacharya’s specializations include:
- Colorectal cancer and polyps
- Anorectal abscesses and fistulas
- Hemorrhoid and anal fissures
- Diverticular disease
- Chrone’s disease, Ulcerative Colitis
- Constipation, incontinence, rectal prolapse
- Minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotic colorectal surgery
- Diagnostic and therapeutic colonoscopy