Posts Tagged ‘colorectal cancer’

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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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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