Colon cancer: what you need to know

Thursday, July 17, 2014

By: Betsy Hansen

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Colon cancer is the third most common type of cancer diagnosed among men and women and the second leading cause of cancer deaths. The American Cancer Society estimates that 136,830 people will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2014.


Symptoms of colon cancer include bowel changes, abdominal pain, and weight loss, among many others. If you experience ongoing symptoms, a colonoscopy is recommended to look for any growths like polyps or lesions in the colon. A colonoscopy is a test as well as a treatment, as any growths found during the procedure are removed. If a cancer is found, surgery is the next step.


Dr. Erik Johnson performs colorectal surgery using laparoscopic, robotic, and traditional methods.


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Erik Johnson, MD, FACS, is Board Certified  in general surgery and in colon and rectal surgery, and practices at Aurora BayCare Medical Center.  Dr. Johnson received his education at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and completed two fellowships, one at Ferguson Clinic in colorectal and one at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in oncology. Learn more here.  

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