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

Searching for Gentler Cancer Treatment

Yogen Saunthararajah, MD, of Cleveland Clinic’s Taussig Cancer Institute, is studying how cancer cells grow in an effort to develop gentler treatments with fewer side effects. Instead of targeting and killing all rapidly dividing cells, he and his colleagues in the Department of Translational Hematology and Oncology Research are taking a new approach by selectively … Read More

Get Moving to Reduce Your Cancer Risk

Not only is physical activity good for your general health and well-being, but it also can reduce your risk of cancer, according to many studies. So if being active decreases your cancer risk, will being inactive increase your risk? A new field of research into sedentary behavior is offering some compelling evidence. A recent study … Read More

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Scarless Surgery? (Video)

When laparoscopy was new in the 1990s, many colorectal surgeons thought it was a bad idea. It was never going to apply to colon surgery. This minimally invasive technique was good for gallbladder surgery, but for colon surgery, we thought it was not worth the time or the effort. The surgery was difficult to perform … Read More

Know Your Family History

What if a stroll down memory lane could save your life? When it comes to family history, it can. Knowing funny stories about your relatives makes for great fun at family gatherings — but knowing that three of your ancestors had diabetes or that your grandmother had breast cancer at an early age may help … Read More