Treatments

Currently Browsing:Benson Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine

  • Consultation

    Come in for a consultation, leave with a comprehensive mind body treatment plan that addresses your stress-related medical condition.

  • Cancer Program

    Designed to supplement the medical treatment of cancer patients by giving them tools to cope with the stress of their illness, make informed choices about treatment, and maintain hope.

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  • Colorectal Center

    The Colorectal Center at the Massachusetts General Hospital Digestive Healthcare Center offers comprehensive detection, treatment and management options for patients with acute and chronic colorectal conditions.

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Currently Browsing:Gastroenterology

  • Diagnostic and Therapeutic Gastroenterology Program

    Adult Patients Only

    The Diagnostic and Therapeutic Gastroenterology Program at Massachusetts General Hospital offers comprehensive detection, treatment and management options for patients with acute and chronic gastrointestinal conditions.

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Currently Browsing:General and Gastrointestinal Surgery

  • Colorectal Surgery Program

    Mass General's Colorectal Surgery Program offers expert surgical care, including minimally invasive procedures and sphincter-sparing procedures to treat conditions affecting the intestinal tract, colon and rectum, anal canal and perianal area.

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  • Cancer Imaging & Intervention

    The Cancer Imaging & Intervention Program at Massachusetts General Hospital Imaging combines leading-edge technology and the expertise of specialty-trained radiologists to provide comprehensive cancer detection and monitoring, plus image-guided treatments for specific types of cancer.

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  • Midlife Women's Health Center

    Adult Patients Only

    The Midlife Women’s Health Center at Massachusetts General Hospital brings together experts from more than 15 specialties to improve, promote and advance healthcare for women at menopause and beyond through research, collaboration and education.

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    Contact us: 617-726-6776

Currently Browsing:Surgical Oncology

  • Colorectal Surgery Program

    Mass General's Colorectal Surgery Program offers expert surgical care, including minimally invasive procedures and sphincter-sparing procedures to treat conditions affecting the intestinal tract, colon and rectum, anal canal and perianal area.

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About This Condition

Colorectal Cancer: Statistics

What are statistics?

Some people use numbers called statistics to figure out their chances of getting cancer. Or they use them to try to figure out their chances of dying from cancer. Because no 2 people are alike, statistics can’t be used to predict what will happen to one person. The statistics below describe large groups of people. They do not take into account a person's own risk factors, such as family history, behaviors, or cancer screenings. If you have questions, talk with your healthcare provider.

What are the statistics for colorectal cancer?

Here are some statistics about colorectal cancer:

  • Colorectal cancer is the third most common type of cancer (excluding skin cancer) in men and women combined.

  • About 135,430 people will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2017. This includes about 95,520 people who will be diagnosed with colon cancer and about 39,910 people diagnosed with rectal cancer.

  • For men, the lifetime risk of developing colorectal cancer is about 1 in 21 (4.7%) and for women, 1 in 23 (4.4%). But this risk can be higher for people with certain risk factors.

  • Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death in women, and the second leading cause of cancer death in men. It is the second leading cause when men and women are combined.

  • About 50,260 people were expected to die from colorectal cancer in 2017.

Source: American Cancer Society (ACS)

News

  • Colorectal Screening Saves Lives - 3/31/2010, Mass General

    Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death among men and women nationwide. But, if detected early colorectal cancer is treatable and beatable.

  • National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month - 3/27/2009, Mass General

    MGH Hotline 3.27.09 Colorectal cancer screening, like other cancer screening tests, may not be at the top of every person’s to-do list – but taking the time to be screened can be a life-saving decision.

Test & Procedures

  • Colonoscopy

    Massachusetts General Hospital Digestive Healthcare Center physicians use a colonoscopy, the primary and most effective screening technique, to screen patients age 50 to 75 for colorectal cancer.

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    Contact the Colorectal Center access coordinator: 617-643-5166

  • CT (computed tomography) colonography

    Massachusetts General Hospital Imaging provides CT (computed tomography) colonography exams, sometimes called "virtual colonoscopy" exams, using the latest technology and radiation-dose-reduction techniques, Every scan is read by a radiologist with specialty training.

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  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy

    To look at the inside of the rectum and part of the colon for cancer or polyps, Massachusetts General Hospital Digestive Healthcare Center physicians use a procedure called a sigmoidoscopy.

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  • Virtual Colonoscopy

    Clinicians at the Massachusetts General Hospital Digestive Healthcare Center offer virtual colonoscopy, a leading-edge screening technique that detects colon cancer or polyps.

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Patient Education

  • Maxwell V. Blum Cancer Resource Center

    The Maxwell V. Blum Cancer Resource Center is a program that offers a range of support resources around the Cancer Center. The center has an ongoing mission to make support services, as well as respite and community-building areas, more accessible to patients and families throughout the Cancer Center.

  • The PACT Program

    The Marjorie E. Korff PACT program at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center provides psycho-educational support for parents who are patients.

  • Colorectal Cancer Awareness

    Specialists at the Massachusetts General Hospital Digestive Healthcare Center place a high priority on educating the community about colorectal cancer, and how, with effective screening, it can be one of the most preventable kinds of cancer.

Video

  • David P. Ryan, MD

    Genotyping and Targeted Therapies Radio Ad

    David P. Ryan, MD, clinical director of the Cancer Center and Tucker Gosnell Center for Gastrointestinal Cancers talks about targeted therapies and genetic testing at the Cancer Center.