Wednesday March 12, 2014
Most colon cancer begins with growths inside the colon. These growths, called polyps, most often appear when a person is between 40 and 50 years old, but in some people they can show up earlier. If colon cancer begins with a polyp -- can't we just get rid of them and reduce the risk of them turning cancerous?
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Tuesday March 11, 2014
Many people may be afraid that a diagnosis of colorectal cancer means that a permanent colostomy is necessary. That's just not true. Find out how many cases of colorectal cancer actually do require a colostomy for treatment.
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Monday March 10, 2014
Being overweight can leave a person vulnerable to many different diseases and conditions. That being said, it's not always easy to just drop a few pounds. If it were, we'd all do it and there wouldn't be so much discussion and weight loss wouldn't be a billion-dollar industry. However, that doesn't change the fact that our weight does have an effect on our risk of colon and rectal cancer. Find out who is most at risk of developing colon cancer because of being overweight.
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Sunday March 9, 2014
Who should be screened for colon and rectal cancer? The answer to this question is vitally important. It's true that colon cancer is one of the slower-growing cancers, but it is also one of the most preventable. Screening through colonoscopy can catch and remove polyps before they turn cancerous. Your physician should let you know when you need screening, but just in case that doesn't happen, or if you haven't seen a doctor in a while, there are some good, clear guidelines on when you need to be screened. Here's a hint: if you're over the age of 50 or you have IBD -- you probably need screening. Find out who should be screened for colon cancer.
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