5 Tips to Prevent Colon Cancer in People Under Age 50

Colorectal cancer is generally not viewed as a disease of younger people. However, over the last twenty years, colorectal cancer rates in people ages 20 to 49 have increased significantly. This uptick is expected to continue over the next two decades. Researchers are trying to understand why. Experts don’t have any definitive data that shows … Read More

Do You Know Your Personal Colorectal Cancer Risk?

Contributor: Michael Kattan, PhD, Chair, Department of Quantitative Health Sciences, Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute What is your risk of having colorectal cancer? If you are approaching or have passed your 50th birthday, your doctor probably has advised you to have colorectal cancer screening to determine that. And that’s the problem. Since the late 20th … Read More

Your Colonoscopy: 7 Common Myths Debunked

Everyone has reasons for not getting a colonoscopy. Often, it’s based on misunderstandings – both about the procedure and about colon cancer, says Carol A. Burke, MD, Director of the Center for Colon Polyp and Cancer Prevention in Cleveland Clinic’s Digestive Disease Institute. People may not realize that colon cancer is one of the most … Read More

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Colon Cancer: Find It Early

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

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