The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS) offers detailed patient education information for many diseases of the colon, rectum and anus. Click on the link, below, for specific information about each condition:

American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons

The Colon: What it is, what is does, and why it is important

Anal, Colon and Rectal Cancer:

Anal Cancer

Colon Cancer

Are You at Risk for Colorectal Cancer

Basic Facts About Colorectal Cancer

Colon Cancer Myth vs. Reality

Colon and Rectal Cancer Follow-Up Care

Frequently Asked Questions About Colorectal Cancer

Hereditary Colorectal Cancer

Rectal Cancer

Screening and Surveillance for Colorectal Cancer

Self-Test on Colorectal Cancer

Six Steps to Lowering Your Risk of Colon Cancer

Talking with Your Healthcare Provider about Colorectal Cancer

Additional Condition and Procedure Information:

Abscess and Fistula

Anal Fissure

Anal Pain

Anal Warts and Anal Dysplasia



Crohn’s Disease


Fecal Incontinence


Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Laparoscopic surgery

Minimally Invasive Surgery

Obstructed Defecation Syndrome


Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

Pilonidal Disease

Polyps of the Colon and Rectum

Pruritis Ani

Rectal Prolapse


Ulcerative colitis