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Colon Cancer Prevention

Posted by Rachel Jones on Mar 10, 2014 12:33:00 PM

Colon cancer is now a pressing concern in the United States. However, unlike most cancer ailments, the good news is that colon cancer can be prevented and also cured if there is early detection. Emerging medical evidence relates to a possibility of transmission of mother to child in cases of an abnormal gene for colon polyps. The hereditary structures of these genes control the growth and multiplication of the cells surrounding the colon. In the absence of such controlling genes, uncontrolled polyps grow and turn into cancer.

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Colon Cancer Prevention

Posted by Anthony A. Starpoli, MD on Mar 10, 2014 11:30:00 AM

Colon cancer is now a pressing concern in the United States. However, unlike most cancer ailments, the good news is that colon cancer can be prevented and also cured if there is early detection. Emerging medical evidence relates to a possibility of transmission of mother to child in cases of an abnormal gene for colon polyps. The hereditary structures of these genes control the growth and multiplication of the cells surrounding the colon. In the absence of such controlling genes, uncontrolled polyps grow and turn into cancer.

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Anthony A. Starpoli, MD | www.starpoli.com

Colon Cancer Detection: What You Need to Do

Posted by Anthony A. Starpoli, MD on Mar 7, 2014 3:50:00 PM

Also referred to as colonic cancer, colon cancer has over the past couple of years grown to become a killer disease all over the world. Research shows that it is the 3rd most common form of cancer affecting both men and women and is estimated that 150,000 new cancer cases are reported every year in the United States. This is exactly the reason why early colon cancer detection is important.

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Colon Cancer Detection: What You Need to Do

Posted by Rachel Jones on Mar 7, 2014 9:18:00 AM

Also referred to as colonic cancer, colon cancer has over the past couple of years grown to become a killer disease all over the world. Research shows that it is the 3rd most common form of cancer affecting both men and women and is estimated that 150,000 new cancer cases are reported every year in the United States. This is exactly the reason why early colon cancer detection is important.

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So You Think You Have Constipation?

Posted by Rachel Jones on Mar 4, 2014 10:11:00 AM
Constipation is one of the most frequent gastrointestinal complaints in the USA.  
Not only does this result in a least 2.5 million doctor visits,but hundreds of millions of dollars are spent on laxatives each year! 
So what is constipation?  A bowel habit can be about consistency, frequency and about quality of an evacuation. Stools should not be too hard or soft and having a movement daily or every other day would be considered normal.  One should not have to have more than 1-2 movement in a day.
But what causes it? Factors include dehydration, a change in diet and inactivity or certain medications that we may be taking.  Some of these medications include narcotic pains pill and drugs used for high blood pressure and other cardiac conditions.
So, you have now been constipated for weeks.  Certainly look at your fluid and fiber intake, but if you think that you have had a real change in your bowel habits, talk to your doctor.
Personal and family history are important to know.  Having a first degree relative with colorectal cancer is very relevant and is a strong consideration when evaluating a patient with a change in bowel habits.  A simple stool test looking for hidden or occult blood may be appropriate, and, if positive, may warrant a camera inspection of the colon known as colonoscopy.  There are situations where colonoscopy should be performed more expeditiously.  Certainly, if there is rectal bleeding, some evaluation should take place.  Assuming that rectal bleeding is attributable to hemorrhoids is very risky as cancers can be present in this manner.
If you haven’t experienced constipation in a while or even ever, the following are some simple steps on prevention. Adequate fluid intake with 6-8 glasses of water daily and consuming up to 40 grams of soluble fiber is a good start. What about laxatives?  They should be used sparing and stimulants of the gastrointestinal tract should be avoided.There are a variety of agents and should be discussed with your health care professional.
One last point, even if you have no colon complaints, colonoscopy for colon cancer prevention should be offered to all average risk patients at age 50 and earlier if there is a family history of colon cancer or polyps. African Americans undergo screening at age 45.
For more information, please visit the American Cancer Society at: 
http://www.cancer.org/cancer/colonandrectumcancer/moreinformation/colonandrectumcancerearlydetection/colorectal-cancer-early-detection-acs-recommendations

Topics: colon cancer

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So You Think You Have Constipation?

Posted by Anthony Starpoli on Mar 4, 2014 12:53:00 AM
Constipation is one of the most frequent gastrointestinal complaints in the USA.  
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GERD - Causes and New Treatments

Posted by Anthony A. Starpoli, MD on Mar 1, 2014 11:35:00 AM

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, better known as GERD, is a common and painful condition of the esophagus that can potentially affect anyone. This disorder can result in any number of both short and long term very serious consequences for you as a patient including persistent heartburn, regurgitation and increases esophageal cancer risks.. Thankfully, there is a cutting edge treatment called the EsophyX transoral incisionless fundoplication (TIF) that a trained gastrointestinal endoscopist can perform to alleviate issues caused by GERD that may not be controlled by acid lowering medical therapy. The TIF is an incisionless, surgical procedure.

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Obesity and Eating Habits

Posted by Rachel Jones on Feb 26, 2014 9:30:00 AM

Obesity is a serious and growing problem in the United States. According to the CDC, 35.7% of American adults are obese. Poor eating habits are a major contributor to obesity; by developing an awareness of these habits, you can take steps to improve your health.

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Obesity and Eating Habits

Posted by Anthony A. Starpoli, MD on Feb 26, 2014 8:30:00 AM

Obesity is a serious and growing problem in the United States. According to the CDC, 35.7% of American adults are obese. Poor eating habits are a major contributor to obesity; by developing an awareness of these habits, you can take steps to improve your health.

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Anthony A. Starpoli, MD | www.starpoli.com

Silent Acid Reflux

Posted by Rachel Jones on Feb 20, 2014 9:44:00 AM

Silent acid reflux, also known as Laryngopharngeal Reflux or LPR, is a condition that you could be suffering from without even knowing it, and can have many negative impacts on health. Similar in many ways to Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (better known as GERD), there are a few critical differences that can make silent reflux very difficult to treat, and even harder to diagnose. 

As opposed to traditional GERD, silent acid reflux may not present itself with symptoms normally associated with the condition. Normally reflux disease causes a burning sensation in the chest or throat, as well as the stomach. LPR is called silent reflux because often it does not cause these same problems, but can cause a number of other symptoms--including, but not limited to:

  • Chronic couging or hoarseness 
  • Asthma or breathing problems
  • Sleep apnea
  • Constant need to clear the throat
  • Excess mucus build up

Caused by a weakness in the muscles between the esophagus and the stomach, silent reflux can have many negative long and short term implications such as recurring ear infections, ulcers in the stomach and throat, scarring of the throat and voice box, in addition to very serious conditions like emphysema and cancer. 

It takes a very skilled Gastroenterologist to diagnose silent acid reflux--if you suspect you may have the condition, it is important to consult a Physician immediately.

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