The large intestine is an integral part of the digestive system. It absorbs water and vitamins and excretes the waste. If it doesn’t work properly, our health will be jeopardized. Certain conditions can cause the large intestine to malfunction. One such condition is a toxic colon. While it’s incredibly rare, it’s also severely threatening.
A colonoscopy is a procedure that is used for diagnostic or screening purposes. It can be performed if you are presenting symptoms that need further evaluation or as part of your preventive care health check-up. A colonoscopy is used to diagnose colorectal cancer and is considered the gold standard out of all colon cancer screening methods.
Colorectal cancer begins in the colon or rectum. It is one cancer that can be caught early and be prevented through screening. With that in mind, screening for colorectal cancer should be a priority, however, many would rather put it off. Colorectal cancer is being diagnosed in patients who are considered to be low-risk for
Colonoscopies are not only effective in the early detection of colorectal cancer but also other abnormalities. You’ve probably heard that you will need a colonoscopy once you hit the age of 50. However, the number of people younger than 50 getting diagnosed with colorectal cancer is growing. Here are some signs that you may need
For people who experienced a heart attack or stroke, regular use of low-dose aspirin — 325 milligrams or less — has long been recommended as a way to prevent another cardiovascular incident from occurring. Moreover, additional research has found taking aspirin may also reduce your risk of colorectal cancer after 10 years of use. Research
In 1997, Katie Couric, the CBS News anchor and managing editor, and husband Jay Monahan first learned that he had colon cancer. Monahan died nine months after that, at age 42. Since that time, Couric has become a tireless advocate for colon cancer screening, early detection and prevention to try to spare other families the
Globally, more people die of cancer than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. 14.1 million people are diagnosed with cancer and we lose 8.2 million individuals world-wide to cancer each year. These numbers are growing larger each year. World Cancer Day was organized to create awareness and promote education. This year’s World Cancer Day campaign is