Category Archives: Colon Cancer

The Exam That Can Stop Cancer

This infographic published by The Cleveland Clinic outlines some of the top myths about colonoscopy screenings that often keep people from scheduling this lifesaving test.

Although people are talking more about colon cancer than in years past, there are still too many people not getting the simple screening test that could save thousands of lives each year.   Because colon cancer is highly treatable when caught early the importance of screening and early detection is extremely important. Read more

Boxer Brief 5K Is Next Week

Have you registered for the Boxer Brief 5K race to raise awareness and funds for colorectal and other cancers?

This is a fun, family-friendly event that raises thousands of dollars for a great cause.  All the funds raise stay local and help support cancer education, screening and treatment efforts in our own communities.

The 5K event is an extension of Hitting Cancer Below the Belt, HCB2, a non-profit organization founded by Mindy Conklin after her husband, Rich, died of colon cancer.  Since forming the non-profit the number of events each year have grown, including a second Boxer Brief 5K in Blacksburg, VA earlier this year.

Colon cancer is a leading cause of death in the United States but is highly treatable when caught early.  This makes education and awareness critical to saving lives.

So have you registered?  Even Katie Couric supports HCB2, and while we can’t guarantee you’ll see any celebrities at the event you will see plenty of your favorite CRS providers and staff.

Register now online show up early on race day to join the fun.  Or read more about how Colon and Rectal specialists works to prevent colon cancer in Central Virginia and beyond.  With three convenient locations around Richmond our team of specialists provides colonoscopy screenings, treatment for colorectal cancer and more.

Colon Cancer Roundtable In Richmond

The providers at CRS encourage you to attend a Colorectal Cancer Roundtable at the Virginia Community Healthcare Association at 3831 Westerre Parkway, Suite 2, Henrico, VA 23233.

The event is sponsored by the Cancer Action Coalition of Virginia in an efforts to eliminate colorectal cancer as a major public health issue. Come learn and engage with us and other local stakeholders at one or more of their events this March 2016. Read more

Dr. Gentry Speaks to NBC12 About Colon Cancer Prevention

If you weren’t able to tune into NBC12’s Neighborhood Health Watch to see Dr. Gentry on TV, you click to see the interview.

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March is Colorectal Cancer Month and Dr. Gentry, along with all the surgeons at CRS, want to educate the public about what you can do to prevent colon cancer.

Know your family history, what health risks may contribute to cancer, and get screened beginning at age 50 – or earlier depending on your particular family or health history.

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Why Is March Colorectal Cancer Month?

You hear us talk about March being Colorectal Cancer Awareness month, but do you know why?

In February 2000, President Clinton officially designated March as National Colon Cancer Awareness Month.  It continues to grow as more providers, patients and survivors talk about the issue, raise awareness and provide education about the importance of early screening to stop colon cancer before it starts.

Who Gets Colon Cancer?

Colon cancer generally is diagnosed in people over 50  but can happen at any age.
According to the Colon Cancer Alliance, while rates for colon cancer in adults 50 and older have been declining, incidence rates in adults younger than 50 years has been increasing.
Although many people think of it as primarily a men’s health risk this isn’t true.  and does not discriminate between men and women.
Source: Colon Cancer Alliance

While everyone over the age of 50 should be screened, those with a family history of colon cancer or other health issues, and those in high-risk groups are often screened before age 50.

What Is the Importance of Screening?

On average colon cancer can take years to develop and often starts as a small polyp on the lining of the colon.  During routine screenings, like colonoscopies, polyps can be identified and removed before they turn into cancer.

If cancer is present, the earlier it is detected and managed, the greater chance of survival.

Colon cancer is currently the third leading cause of death in the United States, but when caught early and treated it the survival rate is close to 90%.  Many colon cancer deaths can be prevented just by getting a simple colonoscopy.

What Can You Do?

  • Educate yourself about the risk factors and facts about colon cancer
  • Know your family health history
  • Ask your doctor when is the right time to begin colon cancer screenings
  • Don’t be afraid to talk about colon cancer with other people
  • Don’t avoid a colonoscopy because you think it might be unpleasant – it really isn’t that bad

Contact the surgeons at CRS for more information about colon cancer or to schedule a colonoscopy.  It might just save your life.


Colon Cancer At 22, A CRS Patient’s Story

In 2016 the American Cancer Society estimates there will be over 95,270 new colon cancer cases. The number of cases has continued to rise, making colorectal cancer the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States, estimating 49,190 deaths in 2016.
Lauren is a Colon Cancer survivors.  She was diagnosed at the age of 22 by Dr. Cary Gentry who performed surgery at Retreat Doctors’ Hospital.  Today Lauren is cancer free, healthy and  sharing her story with others.   Read more

Join Dr. Gentry For A Free Seminar: Colon Cancer/Beat It

Join Retreat Doctors’ Hospital and Dr. Gentry on Tuesday March 22nd for a special event:  Colon Cancer/Prevent It.

This free educational seminar can help you prevent colon cancer.   Learn about the latest technology and screenings and how early detection can help save lives.

Dr. Harjit Bhogal with the Mitchell endoscopy center will update you on the latest technology and screening techniques and genetic risk factors.

Dr. Cary Gentry with Colon and Rectal will update you on the importance of early detection and prevention of colon cancer.

This event is free, but space is limited.  Call 804-320-DOCS (3627) to register.

What:  Colon Cancer/Prevent It

When:  Tuesday March 22, 2016

Where:  Virginia Center For Architecture, 2501 Monument Avenue

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Dr. Vorenberg Article Featured In Richmond Times Dispatch

The Richmond Times Dispatch recently published an article written by Dr. Vorenberg about colon cancer which is the second-leading cause of cancer-related death but a topic few are willing to discuss.  You can read the article below, or click to see read on the Richmond Times Dispatch website.

By Andrew J. Vorenberg, Published November 14, 2015

America loves a winner but reserves its lukewarm nods for anyone or anything that finishes second — the runner-ups. Consider the 2015 Super Bowl: Even though the Seattle Seahawks played a brilliant game, an errant pass by former Collegiate star Russell Wilson led to a big “L” for the Seahawks and a bigger “W” for Tom Brady and his winning Patriots.

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