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Are colon screenings necessary after colon cancer surgery?

Colon screenings after colon surgery are important, says Ovunc Bardakcioglu, MD, a colon and rectal surgeon at Sunrise Hospital. In this video, he explains what a patient should expect in terms of cancer recurrence. 
Juliet Wilkinson
Oncology Nursing
In a word...absolutely. Unless you had a complete colectomy (every inch of your colon removed surgically), you still have part of a colon and the remaining organ can get cancer or diseased. Routine screening exams will help you keep the remaining colon healthy and disease free.
Individuals who have had colon cancer are at a higher risk of developing colon cancer again. They can also develop polyps postoperatively. Doctors are going to recommend that these people come back in three years and have another colon examination. We are going to want to look at the area where the cancer was removed and make sure there’s not a recurrence in the colon.

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