Unfortunately, colorectal cancer is one of the most common cancers in the United States. In 2009, 136,717 people in the United States were diagnosed with colorectal cancer and 51,848 (38 percent) people died from it. The best opportunity for curing cancer, once it develops, is to find it early and to remove it surgically. Once … Read More
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.
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
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
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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
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
Your 60s should see you continuing your periodic Pap smears and HPV tests, mammogram, pelvic exams and colon cancer screenings (if needed), advises Holly L. Thacker, MD. You should have had your shingles vaccine by age 60, and by 65 you need the pneumonia vaccine and a bone density scan. Check your senses: are you having regular hearing and eye exams? You should!
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
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 during this time of life, so be sure to see your women’s health physician regularly.
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