Colon Cancer and the Black Community: Know Your Risk

February is Black History Month and Cancer Prevention Month Inova Schar Cancer Institute oncologist Timothy Cannon, MD, recently treated a middle-aged black man with aggressive colorectal cancer. The patient is a real-life representation of new national data pointing to substantially higher rates of this disease in African Americans. Not only do African Americans have the…

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Colorectal Surgery: Treatment options for colon cancer, diverticulitis, IBD, prolapse and more

Inova’s Colorectal Surgery Program offers an unparalleled level of care Although preventive, regular colorectal screening is recommended beginning at age 50, conditions related to the colon and rectum can happen at any age. Fortunately, help is close at hand. The Colorectal Surgery Program at Inova brings patients a breadth of treatment options. Helming the program…

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Colorectal cancer scare averted with robotic-assisted surgery at Inova Fair Oaks Hospital

Runner takes big strides toward recovery after colon surgery Last fall, when Philip Ritcheson got a screening colonoscopy at age 50, he wasn’t expecting anything unusual. So when the test came back positive for colorectal cancer, Philip was shocked. “I have been fit and healthy all my life,” says Philip, a senior executive in the…

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Inova’s, Dr. Lawrence Stern, Featured on WUSA9

WUSA9‘s Anita Brikman spoke with Caitlin O’Dwyer on how important a colonscopy was in catching a cancerous polyp. Colonoscopy is one of the few medical tests that can catch cancer before it starts, so her doctor, Dr. Lawrence Stern, MD, colorectal surgeon, Inova, was able to treat her cancer early and Caitlin is now cancer…

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