TCRS is the largest colorectal cancer specialist group in North Texas, with the most accomplished team of colorectal surgeons in the Southwest U.S. All of our surgeons are certified by the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery and are committed to continually advancing their surgical skills in the treatment of colorectal cancer and other colorectal conditions. From diagnosis to treatment, you can rest assured that you’re receiving the highest standard of care.
The term colorectal cancer is used to describe both colon and rectal cancers. As the area’s leading experts in treatment of colorectal diseases and disorders, TCRS specialists provide the most advanced medical options available for prevention and treatment of both.
Colorectal cancer affects both men and women equally and the risk increases after age 50. Additional risk factors include having a chronic inflammatory bowel disease such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease, or having a parent, sibling or child who has had colorectal cancer or polyps.
Colorectal cancer is preventable and treatable. When detected in its initial stages, colorectal cancer is treatable and even potentially curable. In fact, the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons reports that 80-90% of patients are restored to normal health if the cancer is diagnosed and treated early.
Prevention starts with a screening colonoscopy. Almost all colorectal cancers begin as a benign polyp in the colon. A TCRS colorectal specialist can quickly find and remove polyps during a screening colonoscopy, thereby preventing them from growing into cancer. TCRS recommends you have a screening colonoscopy at age 50 and as recommended by your physician thereafter.
Healthy choices help prevent colorectal cancer. While screening colonoscopies can prevent colorectal cancer by detecting polyps, a healthy lifestyle also goes a long way toward circumventing the disease. There are many simple choices you can make to help keep colorectal cancer at bay:
Maintain a healthy weight
Eat high-fiber foods
Oftentimes, early colorectal cancer has no symptoms at all. This is why a screening colonoscopy is vitally important. Other times, the first sign of colorectal cancer is a low red blood cell count (anemia) due to undetected internal bleeding.
But many times there are clear warning signs. Colorectal cancer may cause one or more of the following symptoms:
Other non-cancerous conditions such as infection, hemorrhoids, irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease may also exhibit similar symptoms. If you experience one or more, see your doctor immediately so the cause can be found and treated, if necessary.