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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, also referred to as colon cancer, is the third most common cancer in both men and women. Regular screening makes early detection, and in some cases even prevention, possible. Take our quick colorectal cancer risk assessment and find out what you can do to help lower your personal risk.
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