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Black Panther Actor Loses Battle With Colorectal Cancer - These New Guidelines Could Save Your Life

September 11, 2020


The recent loss of 43-year old Black Panther actor,  Chadwick Boseman,  due to colorectal cancer brought renewed attention to this highly preventable disease. Let's face it, no one looks forward to a colonoscopy, but you know what's worse? Getting colorectal cancer. This life-saving test is much easier than it used to be and most of us only have to do it every 5-10 years. Michael Del Rosario, M.D., Director of The Division of Colorectal Surgery at AtlantiCare, explains the new guidelines for this test, along with the symptoms, treatment options, and prevention of colorectal cancer.


As a general and colorectal surgeon, Dr. Michael Del Rosario blends a love of science and technology with a personal touch. “As a student, I enjoyed the purity of science, research, and truth, and volunteering in my local ER gave me a chance to explore the human connection,” Dr. Del Rosario says. “Choosing medicine seemed to be the best combination of both worlds and allows me to make a difference in peoples’ lives.” Dr. Del Rosario earned his medical degree at the State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate College of Medicine. He completed his residency at St. Barnabas Medical Center, and his fellowship in colon and rectal surgery at the University of Illinois, Department of Colorectal Surgery. He is board certified in General Surgery and Colorectal Surgery. Specializing in robotic and advanced laparoscopic surgery, he was the first surgeon in this area to perform laparoscopic colon surgery, in 2003, and the first to perform robotic colon surgery with the daVinci robotic system, in 2011. He has admired AtlantiCare’s desire to bring high quality care to this area and is excited to be joining the team. “AtlantiCare is always evolving to keep ahead of trends in medicine, and that’s what I love to do, too,” he says.