Tag Archives: colon cancer

Hemorrhoids…Or Something More Serious?

If you notice some blood on the toilet paper after you use the restroom, it can be alarming. Any kind of blood in the stool can be disconcerting. There are many different causes for blood in the stool—some harmless and some are reason for concern. Blood in the stool can mean that you have internal hemorrhoids. External hemorrhoids cause a … Continue reading »

Genetic Links to Colon Cancer

Researchers at the Genetics and Epidemiology of Colorectal Cancer Consortium have been studying the genetic links to colon cancer in approximately 40,000 participants, half of who have colorectal cancer. There are many possible risk factors of colon cancer, and a very small percentage of colon cancer cases are caused by genetic variants, mutations in a person’s genes. However, the study found four specific variants … Continue reading »

Share a Story In Honor Of a Loved One

Each year more than one million people in the United States get cancer, and the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women is colorectal cancer. When detected early, this type of cancer is easily treated, but it is still the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths among men and women. In an effort to raise awareness about … Continue reading »

Adding Leeks to Your Diet Can Prevent Hemorrhoids

Leeks, vegetables that resemble an oversized green onion, are not only a great low-calorie option for one’s diet, but they also contain anti-cancer compounds that can help strengthen the body’s immune system as well as good digestion health to prevent and heal hemorrhoids. The compounds, also known as allyl sulfides, have shown to protect cells from cancer-causing hormones and chemicals, … Continue reading »

National Screening Day

What are you doing on March 8? If you have a family history of polyps or are over the age of 50 (45 if you are an African American), you should be getting screened for Colon Cancer. March 8, 102013 is National Screening Day, and the goal is for individuals who have never been screened for colon cancer but have … Continue reading »

Adding Omega-3 Fatty Acids to Your Diet Could Ease Hemorrhoids

Among the numerous health benefits that come from adding omega-3 fatty acids, such as fish oil, into one’s diet, a recent study by the University of Maryland Medical Center has found that these fatty acids can also alleviate symptoms known to cause hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids occur when veins around the anus or lower rectum have become swollen or inflamed and can happen to either … Continue reading »

Could gene mutation be responsible for multiple colon polyps in some people?

If you have a family history of colon disease, or even colon cancer, certain genes may be the culprits. A new study from a team at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston found that two “germline mutations,” DNA changes that are passed from parent to child, might cause multiple colorectal polyps. The findings may help determine who would benefit from … Continue reading »

Soluble vs. Insoluble Fiber: What’s The Difference?

Get more fiber into your diet. Eating high-fiber foods is great for your digestive system, and can help lessen your chances of developing colon cancer, or other problems such as indigestion or even hemorrhoids. OK, but what kind of fiber should you eat? Here’s a quick rundown on the two types of fiber. Soluble and insoluble fibers  have different affects … Continue reading »

The Many Benefits of Advocacy

Whether it’s buying a car, choosing the healthiest breakfast cereal or being up to date on the latest healthcare news, the old saying is true: An informed consumer is a smart consumer. Being an advocate means nipping problems in the bud. When it comes to healthcare, that means not being afraid to seek out medical attention. Many people are skipping … Continue reading »

Study Shows Benefits, Drawbacks of CT Scans For Colon Cancer

A recent study suggests that CT scans could be beneficial as an initial colon screening for patients who are hesitant about undergoing a colonoscopy. According to the American College of Radiology, CT scans, or virtual colonoscopies, were able to detect most large polyps, but were much less efficient in catching smaller polyps. The good news is that small polyps (under … Continue reading »