According to the National Institutes of Health, colorectal cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the U.S. and the second leading cause of death from cancer. Most cases of colon cancer begin as small, noncancerous (benign) clumps of cells called polyps that, over time, can become colon cancers. Polyps may be small and produce few, if any, symptoms, so regular screening tests are recommended to help prevent colon cancer by identifying and removing polyps before they become cancerous. On the next Mayo Clinic Radio program, gastroenterologist Dr. David Ahlquist will discuss colorectal cancer screening and prevention as part of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Also on the program, surgeon Dr. Rodrigo Ruano will explain fetal surgery – in utero procedures now possible to correct some birth defects. And Dr. Stephen Cassivi, vice chair of Mayo Clinic's Department of Surgery, will explain a pilot study that's using video visits for post-surgical follow-up.
Listen to the program on Saturday, March 18, at 9:05 a.m. CDT.
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