EXTREMELY HIGH???? You're scaring the Bejesus out of me! My surgeon is head of colorectal surgery at Univ of Pa Hospital in Philly and trained at the Cleveland Clinic. Now why would he want to put me in jeopardy like that???? He's been supercautious with me all along...refused to do a J-pouch because of my age. Told me my body would tell me when it wanted food and NOT to hurry it along. Drained an abcess from my anus in September and put me on strong antibiotics for two weeks but said if I got worse to get right back to the hospital but, thank God, I didn't. I just cannot believe he would leave the anus intact if there were a good chance of my developing cancer.