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Key statistics for colorectal cancer

Colorectal cancer screening saves lives. If you’re 50 years old or older, talk to your doctor about getting screened.

Among cancers that affect both men and women, corectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum) is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Every year, about 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and more than 50,000 people die from it. But this disease is highly preventable, by getting screened beginning at age 50.

What You Can Do

  • If you’re aged 50 to 75, get screened for colorectal cancer regularly. Screening tests help prevent colorectal cancer by finding precancerous polyps (abnormal growths) so they can be removed. Screening also finds this cancer early, when treatment can be most effective.
  • Be physically active.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Don’t drink too much alcohol.
  • Don’t smoke.

Fast Facts

  • Risk increases with age. More than 90% of colorectal cancers occur in people aged 50 and older.
  • Precancerous polyps and colorectal cancer don’t always cause symptoms, especially at first. You could have polyps or colorectal cancer and not know it. That is why having a screening test is so important. If you have symptoms, they may include—
    • Blood in or on the stool (bowel movement).
    • Stomach pain, aches, or cramps that do not go away.
    • Losing weight and you don’t know why.
    These symptoms may be caused by something other than cancer. If you have any of them, see your doctor.
  • Some people are at a higher risk than others for developing colorectal cancer. If you think you may be at high risk, talk to your doctor about when and how often to get tested. 
  • There are several screening test options that you are able to choose from. Talk with your doctor about which is right for you.
    • Colonoscopy (every 10 years).
    • High-sensitivity fecal occult blood test (FOBT), stool test, or fecal immunochemical test (FIT) (every year).
    • Sigmoidoscopy (every 5 years, with FOBT every three years).
Morris County Gastroenterology Associates was founded nearly a quarter of a century ago to bring a high level of expertise in gastroenterology to the patients of Morris County delivered in a compassionate and caring manner. To this end, the physicians of Morris County Gastroenterology have sought to treat their patients with the same level of respect with which they would treat their own families. This principle has motivated the practice to strive to connect with their patients on a personal level and maintain a close, hands-on approach from the beginning to the end of the patient contact with the practice.

In order to assist with a more stress-free visit for the patient, Morris County Gastroenterology has become one of the first gastroenterology practices in the area to offer electronic medical records. This allows the physicians to maintain a more patient-focused and streamlined experience with the patient so that their office time can be better spent analyzing and solving their medical issues. Also, to assist with improving the patient experience, the physicians of Morris County Gastroenterology speak fluent Spanish, thereby removing a major hurdle for a large population of patients.

Through their years of experience, the physicians of Morris County Gastroenterology can diagnose and manage most illnesses of the gastrointestinal and hepatic systems including peptic ulcer disease, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), colon cancer screening, gallbladder, liver, and biliary tract disorders, cancers of the digestive tract and causes of internal bleeding. They are adept at performing upper endoscopy, colonoscopy, ERCP, with Spyglass, small bowel capsule enteroscopy, esophageal manometry, bravo pH monitoring, and Barrx for treatment of Barrett’s esophagus.

Most outpatient procedures can be performed at Morris County Surgical Center, a new state of the art ambulatory surgical center conveniently located off Route 46 in Parsippany, NJ. Additionally, procedures can be performed at Saint Clare’s Hospital in Denville, Morristown Medical Center, or Morristown Medical Center Endoscopy Center At 111 Madison Avenue in Morristown, NJ.

Patients can be seen daily during office hours at 16 Pocono Road in Denville, NJ.
Denville Office
16 Pocono Road, Suite 201
Denville, NJ 07834
Phone: (973) 627-4430
Fax: (973) 586-2336
Providers at this location:
  • Edward J. Barbarito, MD
  • Michael F. Demyen, MD
  • John G. Soriano, MD

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Office Hours
Monday 9:00 AM 5:00 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM 5:00 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM 5:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM 5:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM 5:00 PM


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Insurances Accepted
  • Medicare
  • AARP
  • Aetna
  • Amerihealth
  • Cigna
  • Cigna Great West
  • Horizon BC/BS Tier 1 Doctors
  • Horizon NJ Health is the ONLY Medicaid plan we participate with
  • Keenan 
  • Oxford
  • Qualcare
  • UMR
  • United Healthcare


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Hospital Affiliation
Saint Clare's Denville Campus
25 Pocono Road
Denville, NJ 07834

Morristown Medical Center
100 Madison Avenue
Morristown, NJ 07960

Morristown Surgical Endoscopy Center At 111 Madison Avenue
111 Madison Avenue 4th Floor
Morristown, NJ 07960

Morris County Surgical Center
3695 Hill Road
Parsippany, NJ 07054


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