When colon cancers are detected and treated at an early stage they are cured in 90% of all cases.
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Colon and rectal polyps occur in about 25 percent of men and women ages 50 and older. Not all polyps will turn into cancer, and it may take many years for a polyp to become cancerous. Risk factors include a family history of polyps or colon cancer; an inflammatory bowel disease, such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease; a high-fat, low-fiber diet; tobacco and alcohol use; little exercise; and obesity.
Fecal incontinence, also called bowel or anal incontinence, is the inability to control your bowel movements, causing stool (feces) to leak from your rectum. Fecal incontinence can range from occasional leakage of a small quantity of stool while passing gas to a complete loss of bowel control.
General Surgery at the University of Michigan Health System is divided into divisions that perform surgeries for a variety of conditions.
The Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center at the University of Michigan Health System diagnose and treat diseases of the small bowel, i.e., IBD, Crohn's Disease, and Ulcerative Colitis.
The University of Michigan is a leader in the innovation of robotic surgery, including robotic colorectal surgery and other minimally invasive procedures.