New Tool Estimates Your Risk for Colorectal Cancer

The screening guidelines for colorectal cancer are pretty much one size fits all. They  recommend that everyone seek screening at the age of 50. But a new tool allows doctors to predict an individual’s risk of developing colorectal cancer. This can help doctors decide when screenings are necessary for each of their patients. Brian J. Wells, MD, PhD, of the Department … Read More

Colonoscopies Are Saving More Lives (Infographic)

With the widespread use of colonoscopies, there is some good news about colon cancer that reinforces the importance of colonoscopy screenings. Colon cancer rates in the U.S. dropped by 30 percent over a decade (2000 to 2010), according to statistics just released in the Colorectal Cancer Statistics 2014. During those same years, colonoscopy screenings almost … 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

Colon Cancer Answers: What You Need to Know (Video)

Colon Cancer is the second most common cancer in the United States, and if detected at an early stage, has survival rates that are well above 90 percent.  Start your preemptive strike. Watch this video of experts from Cleveland Clinic and the Colon Cancer Alliance, including Carol Burke, MD, Robert Pelley, MD, and Jeannie Moore, co-founder  of Colon … Read More

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What Are You Doing to Prevent Colon Cancer?

People most at risk for colorectal cancers do not get colonoscopies. In fact, up to 70 percent of people in the high-risk category — those age 50 to 75 — don’t seek testing. That’s unfortunate for these people because colorectal cancers are more preventable than other cancers. All colorectal cancers begin with a precancerous polyp, … Read More

After Rare Transplant a Man Can Eat Again (Video)

Some of us fret about overeating during the holidays. People with serious digestive diseases wish they had that problem. For nearly two years a 47-year-old Alabama man named Kevin Decker couldn’t eat at all. Because he had no colon or small intestine, he developed short bowel syndrome, where the body cannot absorb enough nutrition because … 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

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

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