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Dr. Kiran and Dr. Shen welcome Dr. Church to the Columbia team
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Leading Colorectal Cancer Expert Joins Colorectal Faculty

James Church, MD, a pioneer in hereditary colon cancer care, brings decades of experience to Columbia’s team.
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Nadiuska Terrero thought her biggest medical hurdle was behind her after a kidney transplant in 2010. A decade later, in the midst of the COVID19 pandemic, she again found herself facing an uphill challenge – stage I colon cancer.
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At the end of October, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force updated their colon cancer screening guidelines to lower the age at which people should begin screening from age 50 to 45—a critical change that reflects a climbing trend of higher rates of colon and rectal cancer in younger people.
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Colorectal cancer is one of the most common cancers in the United States, and the American Cancer Society estimates that almost 150,000 new cases of colon and rectal cancer will be diagnosed in 2020. Despite its growing prevalence, many people remain unaware of ways to monitor their risk.
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In 2019, the Colorectal Surgery team welcomed two new surgeons with expertise in advanced surgical treatment of colorectal diseases.
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Lung, heart, and colon surgery are highlighted as part of NYP/Columbia’s top-scoring performance in 2019’s US News & Word Report Best Hospitals rankings.
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