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Minimally Invasive Surgery for Treatment of Colorectal Cancer Yields Optimal Outcomes for Patients
Date:3/20/2013

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) March 20, 2013

Colon and rectal cancer together comprise the nation's second-leading cause of cancer deaths. Every year, about 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer and more than 50,000 people die from it. Fortunately, the death rate from this disease has steadily been decreasing for the last 20 years due to preventative screening and more sophisticated surgical approaches. One of these approaches is minimally invasive surgery. Minimally invasive laparoscopic colorectal surgery allows surgeons to perform many common colon and rectal procedures through small incisions. Depending on the type of procedure, patients may leave the hospital in a few days and return to normal activities more quickly than patients recovering from open surgery. March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) has issued “Patient Information Guidelines for Colonoscopy" for those focusing on prevention, and “Patient Information Guidelines for Laparoscopic Colon Resection” for those undergoing cancer treatment, highlighting the advantages of minimally invasive procedures and other pertinent information.

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