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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 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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"Colorectal cancer on the rise in adults under 50" - Dr. Starpoli featured on WebMD

Posted by Rachel Jones on Dec 21, 2011 2:02:00 PM

In some respects, the U.S. is winning the war on cancer. Recent reports show an overall decline in the number of new cancer cases and fewer cancer deaths.

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New App Helps Patients with Colonoscopy Preparation

Posted by Anthony Starpoli on Jan 30, 2011 10:38:00 AM

I came upon this post on the endonurse.com web site.  For those who will be having colon cancer screening with colonoscopy, this application may be of value.  If the colon is not cleaned well, the risk of poor visualization is high and, therefore,abnormalities such as polyps or cancerous growth can be missed.

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Two Gene Signature-Based Tests May Help Identify Colon Cancer.

Posted by Anthony Starpoli on Nov 6, 2010 10:01:00 AM

As reported from Medscape (11/4, Canavan) reported, "Two new tests that examine the gene signatures of peripheral blood mononuclear cells have demonstrated high sensitivity in the identification of colorectal cancer (CRC) and adenomas larger than 1 cm." Researchers in Switzerland first zeroed in on "60 markers," and the "resulting panel highlighted the gene signatures of proteins involved in several different biologic functions, including those of cellular movement, cell signaling and interaction, tissue and cellular development, cancer, and cell growth and proliferation." Then, after using that "suite of biomarker candidates" to assess other patients with IBD or "non-CRC cancers," investigators decided on "a final selection of 24 genes [that] was used to create two separate assays. They were designated COLOX CRC for cancer detection, and COLOX POL (polyp) for adenomas."

Current methods for colon cancer screening include stool studies for blood, flexible sigmoidoscopy, barium enema, and colonoscopy. Virtual colonoscopy uses CAT scan technology with specialized software to reconstruct images of the colon.  This "virtual colonoscopy" is a fascinating technology, but can not properly image very small polyps and when there is a questionable finding, colonoscopy must be performed.  Therefore, colonoscopy remains the gold-standard for the prevention and diagnosis of colon cancer. Colonoscopy, unlike sigmoidoscopy, allows for examination of the entire colon and not just the left side.

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New, Noninvasive Screening Test May Detect 85% Of Colon Cancer Cases

Posted by Anthony Starpoli on Oct 30, 2010 12:37:00 PM

The CBS Evening News (10/28, story 11, 1:00, Couric) reported that "a new test that may one day make screening for colon cancer a lot easier." At present, about "40 percent of [the] Americans" who are "supposed to get colon screening" decide against it.

        The reasons people shy away from the procedure vary, but many find the pre-procedure bowel preparation unpleasant, according to Reuters (10/29, Fox). Some also find the procedure itself embarrassing and uncomfortable, while others worry about the potential for injury.

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50% Rise in Esophageal Cancer in Britain

Posted by Anthony Starpoli on Oct 16, 2010 12:32:00 PM

Esophageal cancer rates have risen by 50% over the past 25 years in men in the United Kingdom, according to new figures released by Cancer Research UK.

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Have you had your colonoscopy?

Posted by Anthony Starpoli on Oct 14, 2010 10:54:00 AM

If you are 50 or over or have a family history of colon cancer, you should be screened. African-Americans should be screened beginning at age 45. Colon cancer is one of the most preventable and curable types of cancer when detected early. Since the risk of colon cancer increases with age, getting screened is essential.

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Better Colonoscopy Preparations Lead to Better Examinations!

Posted by Anthony Starpoli on Oct 14, 2010 10:41:00 AM

The American College of Gastroenterology, based on two recent studies, is recommending patients split their colonoscopy preparation into two parts, one the evening before and the other about six hours prior to the exam, as it leads to clearer colonoscopy views and better results. The presence of residual stool will make it harder for the colonoscopist to identify abnormal growths that could develop into cancer.

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Phone Reminders May Boost Colon Cancer Screenings

Posted by Rachel Jones on Oct 13, 2010 4:10:00 PM

Have you ever wondered why some providers offices call so many times to remind you to schedule an appointment? Our office does this monthly, in order to ensure that our patients obtain the needed testing to diagnose and treat certain dangerous conditions, such as colon cancer. A recent article published in HealthDay bore out that this is an effective and essential way to encourage patients to keep on their treatment.

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

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