Colon cancer is on the rise in patients younger than 50

40 is the new 50 In the United States, colorectal cancer is the third most common type of cancer.  The good news is that colorectal cancer incidence is declining in people over the age of 50, mainly because of improved screening rates and the removal of precancerous colon polyps.  However, colorectal cancer is steadily increasing in people younger than 50 years old....

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Colonoscopies Needed For Patients With Cystic Fibrosis

A recent study by Alexander Khoruts, MD from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis has found a link between patients with cystic fibroses (CF) and an increased likelihood of colon polyps. Colon polyps, or colorectal polyps, are growths that occur within the lining of the colon or rectum that can lead to cancer. While the study is an abstract and has yet to be...

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Ulcer Bacteria Linked to Stomach Cancer

A new study by researchers at the University of Leeds in England has found a link between bacteria called helicobacter pylori (h. pylori) and stomach cancer. H. pylori is a type of bacteria found in the stomach that was discovered in 1982.  Over 50% of the world’s population has been infected with this bacteria and do not exhibit any symptoms. However, acute...

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How A Colonoscopy Can Prevent Colon Cancer

The word colonoscopy is not a happy one in most peoples’ minds. They think that the procedure is uncomfortable, intrusive, and some are simply scared by it. While these myths are exaggerated and untrue, there’s one key factor that’s usually left out: life saving. Colonoscopies save lives by detecting colon polyps that can be or already are cancerous. As we age,...

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7 Things You Need to Know About Hemorrhoids

Most people are too embarrassed to talk about hemorrhoids, but it’s obviously a prevalent issue. In 2012, more people searched Google for information on hemorrhoids than any other health topic. Additionally, the National Institutes of Health say half of all Americans over the age of 50 have hemorrhoids, not to mention that 75 percent of people will suffer from them at...

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5 Colonoscopy Myths You Should Know

There are many colonoscopy myths you should know before setting up an appointment. Reports show that colorectal cancer is diagnosed in more than 130,000 people each year in the U.S. alone. One of the best tools for detecting and preventing colon cancer is a colonoscopy. It is recommended that most individuals should have a colonoscopy performed at the age of 50. For...

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