Archive for March, 2010

Preventing Colon Cancer – The Proper Steps

Monday, March 29th, 2010

March is, as it is every year, Colorectal Cancer prevention month. It’s at this time that we should take a few minutes to sit down (provided you’re hemmoroid free) and review your gastrointestinal health. Each year roughly 150,000 people suffer from Colon Cancer nationwide, though in many of those documented cases preventing fully developed cancer of the colon could have been a routine and relatively easy undertaking.

Most people will, at some point or another, develop polyps along the inner lining of their colon. Polyps are small, benign, non-malignant, pre-cancerous growths that if given time to develop promote the spread of cancer. So what can we do to counteract this seemingly inevitable polyp growth? Well, the answer is shockingly simple and astoundingly effective.

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A Look Back on the 2009 Capitol Hill Briefing On Colorectal Cancer

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Today marks the one year anniversary of when experts in colorectal cancer prevention gathered on Capitol Hill to discuss screening programs that work and how screening is contributing to reducing the incidence and death rates in the U.S. from the disease. With nationwide healthcare reform being written into law just yesterday let’s look back to last year and draw from some of the proceedings…

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The Case for Early Intensive Resuscitation for UGIB

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Despite advances in the treatment and understanding of upper gastrointestinal bleeding (UGIB), as well as advancements in diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy the mortality rate of UGIB still remains consistently high. One thought has been that early resuscitation can be the answer to what remains a persistent killer. To prove this point a team of doctors from Maimonides Medical Center tried to figure out what methods work in the intensive resuscitation process and what remains an inefficient tactic.

Thirty-six males and thirty-six females aged 21-94 were enrolled in the study, with each person suffering from either peptic ulcers, melena, hematemesis, or massive hematochezia with a positive nasogastric aspiate for blood. The patients were split into two groups, one that offered intensive resuscitation methods, and one that offered mere observation. Over the next 4 months they were monitored accordingly.

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Dr. Scott Tenner Talks About Colon Cancer Prevention

Saturday, March 13th, 2010

Dr. Scott Tenner is the nation’s leading advocate of colon cancer screening legislation, not to mention a fantastic gastroenterologist in his own right. He sits down with Dr. Conrad Fischer to discuss just how deadly colon cancer is in our country and the steps people can take to prevent the fatal illness from ever even developing. His optimism in the face of one of deadliest diseases is refreshing and somewhat reassuring. Despite how daunting colon cancer is the conversation Dr. Tenner shares with Dr. Fischer should help guide people in their goal of cancer prevention.

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