Minorities More at Risk for Colorectal Cancer (Video)

Colorectal surgeon Ryan Williams, MD, talks about this increased risk African Americans and other minorities have for colorectal cancer — and the critical importance of colonoscopy screenings. To learn more about colonoscopies and other important health screenings for minority populations, attend Cleveland Clinic Minority Men’s Health Fair on April 25, 2013.

7 Steps to a Healthier Colon

Nearly 93,090 people will be diagnosed with colon cancer this year — and that’s just in the United States. Colorectal cancer, which starts in the large intestine (colon) or the rectum, is one of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths in the United States. But it’s also one of the most treatable cancers if doctors detect … Read More

Colonoscopies: Doctors Get Them, Too (Video)

If it’s time for a colonoscopy, and you haven’t had one before, doctor-turned-patient James Church, MD has words for you: “If I can do it, you can do it.” After performing thousands of colonoscopies as a colorectal surgeon, Dr. Church was curious about what his patients experience during a screening. At age 45, he decided … Read More

Lynch Syndrome and the Genetics of Colon Cancer

If you are 50 or older, you probably know you need regular screenings to prevent colon cancer. But did you know that some people need screenings much earlier in life? For people with Lynch syndrome, the most common genetic cause of colorectal cancer, the risk starts as early as age 25. Fortunately, knowing if you … Read More

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White Potatoes vs. Sweet Potatoes: Which Are Healthier?

Here, we pit one medium white potato against one medium sweet potato (baked, including flesh and skin, with no salt added). Each contender is a super source of fiber, which helps prevent colorectal cancer and digestive problems. Each packs a powerful nutritional punch. Can you guess the champ?  

Colon Cancer Awareness
Month 2013

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month, and in honor of patients and their families, we’ve put together information about diagnosis, treatment and more. Take a free colon cancer risk assessment Estimate Your Risk Related Health Hub posts Colonoscopy: What’s Stopping You?Removing a Colon Through a Belly Button (Video)Scarless Surgery? (Video) Colon Cleansing: Is It Safe? … Read More

Colon Cleansing: Is It Safe?

Colon cleansing, also called colonic hydrotherapy and colonic irrigation, is promoted for digestive troubles such as bloating, colitis, constipation and indigestion. It is also touted for completely unrelated problems. These include arthritis, alcoholism, allergies, lethargy, asthma and skin conditions. While this popular complementary treatment offers a great option for some patients with specific problems, I … Read More

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Colonoscopy: What’s Stopping You?

Everyone has reasons for not getting a colonoscopy, and Carol A. Burke, MD, of Cleveland Clinic’s Digestive Disease Institute, has heard them all. But nothing changes the fact that colon cancer is one of the most preventable cancers. Below, Dr. Burke addresses common concerns about colonoscopy, based on 15 years as a gastroenterologist. “I’m not … Read More

Women in Their 50s: Ounces of Prevention (Video)

Holly L. Thacker, MD, says that as you enter your 50s, you’ll want to update your immunization records, get a yearly flu shot, and do a screening for colon cancer — if your colon test is clear, you won’t have to worry about taking another for another 10 years. Prevention and careful monitoring is key … Read More