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Colorectal cancer starts in either the colon or the rectum and, in most cases, develops slowly over many years. Most start as a polyp—a growth of tissue that starts in the lining and grows into the center of the colon or rectum. A type of polyp known as an adenoma can become colon cancer.
More than 95 percent of colorectal cancers are adenocarcinomas that come from such polyps. Removing a polyp early can stop it from becoming cancerous.
Dignity Health's Greater Sacramento-area hospitals offer the latest robotic surgery treatment options for colorectal cancer. The da Vinci® Surgical System provides patients with a minimally invasive treatment option for complex colon cancer and other colorectal conditions. The benefits of robotic-assisted surgery for patients include:
Colorectal cancer affects people from all different walks of life. If you’re at risk, talk to your doctor about screening options. Don’t have a doctor? We can help. Use our Find a Doctor tool to locate a specialist near you.