Don’t Assume That Itch Down There Is a Yeast Infection

The symptoms of a vaginal yeast infection are familiar to many women: itching, irritation, and usually a thick white discharge. It’s easy to simply reach for the anti-fungal treatments. But if these symptoms come back often, or don’t respond to the usual treatments, it’s time to visit a doctor for a firm diagnosis because other conditions can mimic yeast.

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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

How You Can Deal With Anal Fissures

Anytime you have pain, bleeding and itching in your anal area, you’re going to worry. First, these are all uncomfortable sensations — there’s no getting around that. And second, they can be scary and make you wonder, “What’s going on?” Many patients will assume hemorrhoids are to blame, but there’s another common culprit behind symptoms … Read More

Rectal Bleeding: What a Doctor Wants You to Know

The first thing most people worry about when they have minor rectal bleeding is that they have a cancer. Of course, colon cancer is what I worry most about, too. But it’s the cause of rectal bleeding only 1 to 2 percent of the time. Two problems are usually responsible for blood on the paper, … Read More

4 Simple Ways You Can Prevent Hemorrhoids

If you have hemorrhoids, you have plenty of treatment options at your disposal. However, if you have hemorrhoids, you’d probably advise others to avoid getting them in the first place. Hemorrhoids — swollen, inflamed venous cushions in the anal canal — are often painful and itchy and can cause bleeding. But you can avoid these … Read More

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Robot Gives Surgeon Four Arms (Video)

Most of my surgeries are done laparoscopically. That means that instead of making a long painful incision, I can take out a colon using tiny incisions that are hard to see and cause less pain after surgery. I get to try the newest innovations in the field of laparoscopy. This includes a robot that transforms … Read More