Archive for the ‘Colon Cancer’ Category

The Power of Probiotics

Monday, May 14th, 2012

“Good” bacteria?

Deep inside our intestines, there’s a complex microbial ecosystem, known as the “gut flora” which we now know contains nearly a thousand species of bacteria which may affect our overall health in unimaginable ways!

It has long been recognized that our gastrointestinal system relies heavily on these gut flora or “good bacteria”.  They exert a pronounced effect on the nutrients and energy that get pulled out of food. In fact, these bacteria are thought to play a big role in a slew of health conditions, including combating obesity, diabetes, infections, lactose intolerance, irritable bowel syndrome, high cholesterol, and even colon cancer. There are many theories as to how these bacteria confer their positive benefits such as an anti-inflammatory effect for the body, increased immunity and therefore healing power after an infection, and even the power to fight off potential cancer cells in a microenvironment by competing for the same nutrients.

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Understanding Hemorrhoids

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Hemorrhoids are inflamed and irritated skin containing blood vessels in the anus. They are a very common problem associated with constipation. One in three Americans will seek a physician in their life time for the treatment of hemorrhoids. About 10 million Americans suffer from them right now! While most people do not feel their hemorrhoids, and they are asymptomatic, many people will present with symptoms at one point of their lives.

In majority of cases, excessive straining, constipation, diarrhea, lifting heavy objects and being overweight can lead to or can exacerbate hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids are very common in pregnant patients as well. There are two types of hemorrhoids, internal and external. Internal hemorrhoid typically present with painless bleeding in the toilet bowl or on tissue paper. At times a bulge can be felt by the patients protruding though anus, that is at times is extremely painful. External hemorrhoids typically present with pain, itching and at times severe rectal discomfort.

Hemorrhoids are easily diagnosed by examination of rectal area and are easily treated. Treatment includes medications to control pain and bleeding. In addition as majority of hemorrhoids caused by constipation, high fiber diet and adequate water intake is stressed. Non-surgical treatment modalities are highly effective, long lasting and should be tried first, as the success rate is over 90%. These include laser treatment and tying hemorrhoids with rubber bands. Both procedures take less than 3 minutes to perform and do not require any anesthesia.
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Too Much Gas, Bloating, and Burping?

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

Does excess gas cause you embarrassment and discomfort?

You may feel that you pass a lot of gas, or just suffer from bloating and crampy abdominal pain. You may feel this pain in areas where gas can become trapped, such as in bends in the colon, which occur naturally in the area under the liver (upper to mid-right part of the abdomen), and in the area under the spleen (upper to mid left part of the abdomen).

 

WHERE DOES ALL THIS GAS COME FROM?

There are two main sources of intestinal gas: gas that is ingested (mostly swallowed air) and gas that is produced by bacteria in the colon.

Air swallowing

It is normal to swallow a small amount of air when eating and drinking and when swallowing saliva. Some of that air comes out through belching and some moves on to the small intestine. Belching is more common with certain foods that relax the sphincter around the lower end of the esophagus where it joins the stomach, like peppermint, chocolate, and fats.

Bacterial Production

The colon normally provides a home for billions of harmless bacteria, some of which support the health of the bowel. Did you know that there are more bacteria than human cells in your body? Certain carbohydrates that are incompletely digested by our body’s enzymes are “eaten” by those bacteria instead. The by-products of this process include lots of different gases.

A condition called bacterial overgrowth can increase the number of bacteria and cause excess gas production.

But most people who complain of excessive gas do not produce more gas than the average person. Instead, they are more aware of normal amounts of gas. People with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and FD (functional dyspepsia) are especially sensitive, for example.

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Aspirin Can Significantly Aid in Colorectal Cancer Discovery

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

It’s been all over the news in recent days. For years aspirin has been a tried and true way to help prevent heart attacks and heart disease, but new data is coming to light that could increase the intake of aspirin further. It’s being discovered that a low daily dose of aspirin, in addition to its heart healthy benefits, can significantly reduce the chance of many types of cancer from developing, most notably colorectal cancer.

According to a wide variety of sources, prolonged, low-dose daily use can actually enhance detection of early warning signs of colorectal cancer. The detection of blood in the stool (fecal occult blood) is vital in detecting colorectal cancers early. Up until very recently it was believed that aspirin could in fact skew the results, leaving physicians with an uncertain assessment of an individual’s cancer development.
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New, Less Invasive Colorectal Cancer Tests Being Developed

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

There is a new colon cancer DNA stool test being developed by researchers at the Mayo clinic. The real breakthrough here is that it would provide the first real non-invasive way to test for colorectal cancer. The procedure, known as a DNA methylation test, would most likely transform colon cancer checks as we know it.

The American Cancer Society reported that over 100,000 people are diagnosed with colon cancer a year and roughly 39,000 with rectal cancer. It is said to be the second biggest killer due to cancer in the country, and the third most common cancer in adults. A frightening statistic shows that no more than 60% of people over the age of fifty ever get checked and most of the time when the cancer is found it is already in its advanced state. Getting colon cancer checks is absolutely necessary.
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Waistline Size in Relation to Colon Cancer Risk

Friday, September 17th, 2010

A report from the Daily Mail in London says that added inches to a “healthy” waist measurement can drastically increase the risk of colorectal cancer. This may seem sensational, and in some ways it is, but it does give fair warning to the risk involved when eating heavily processed foods and not accounting for the negative effects they can have on your body.

According to the article, roughly 38,000 cases of colon cancer are recorded a year, and it checks in as the second highest killer among cancers in the UK. Assuredly, those figures are exponentially higher in the vastly more populated United States.
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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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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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