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"High-Fiber Diet May Help Thwart Colon Cancer" - Dr. Starpoli on HealthDay

Posted by Rachel Jones on Dec 7, 2011 3:43:00 PM

High-Fiber Diet May Help Thwart Colon Cancer

Review of studies suggests cereals, whole grains deliver health benefits

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

colon cancer, colon polyps, high fiber

The Impact of Regular Exercise on Colon Health & Cancer Survival

Posted by Rachel Jones on May 9, 2011 3:21:00 PM

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer related deaths in the US. The risk of developing colon cancer increases exponentially with age, with 90% of cases diagnosed in patients over the age of 50.

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

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March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month

Posted by Rachel Jones on Mar 8, 2011 9:41:00 AM

March 2011 is Colon Cancer Awareness Month. In view of this, it is pertinent to review the facts about colorectal cancer, as well as certain contributing factors.

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

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

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

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

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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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Have you had your colonoscopy?

Posted by Anthony Starpoli on Oct 3, 2010 10:48:00 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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Anthony A. Starpoli, MD | www.starpoli.com

colon cancer, colon polyps, cancer screening