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What Happens if a Polyp Is Cancerous?

The great majority of polyps we remove during colonoscopies are benign. However, because almost all colon cancers begin as a seemingly benign polyp, we generally remove any polyps we discover. Once removed, we send them to a laboratory and look at them under a microscope for further testing. This testing will determine if they are

Hemorrhoids and Iron Deficiency: Can Hemorrhoids Cause Iron Deficiency Anemia?

Iron deficiency anemia is a condition in which the body’s supplies of iron are low, hindering the body from making enough red blood cells. These cells are vital to the overall health of the body as their primary job is to carry oxygen to the organs. When there aren’t enough red blood cells, oxygen isn’t

Risks of Alternative Medical Treatment for Colon Cancer

Colorectal cancer, also known as colon cancer, is the second most common cause of cancer-related death in America. Affecting roughly 4% of men and women, this disease has a 65%, five-year survival rate, with that rate being much higher in low-risk cases, and much lower in high-risk cases. Thanks to preventative measures like these, the

Why Do Hemorrhoids Itch?

Hemorrhoids are considered a disorder of the anus and rectum. Unfortunately, experts don’t entirely understand the exact cause of hemorrhoids. However, the condition is believed to be connected to excessive straining while passing stools, or increased pressure due to pregnancy or being overweight, which, in turn, causes the anal veins to become inflamed. Sometimes hemorrhoids

Anal Fissures, Abscesses and Fistulas – Oh My!

Many people see blood when they wipe after a bowel movement, and they immediately panic. While this is reason for concern and you should see a doctor, it is likely a relatively minor condition that your doctor can help you work through. Pain in addition to the bleeding may indicate hemorrhoids, an anal fissure, an

Can Iron Supplements Cause Hemorrhoids ?

Hemorrhoids area common problem for many people,and supplements exist to help treat the condition. There are many reasons why a hemorrhoid may form and getting a hemorrhoid is quite normal. Consuming certain medications, vitamins and supplements can directly or indirectly affect the formation of hemorrhoids. Supplements and medications may have gastrointestinal side effects, which in

Do I Really Need a Colonoscopy?

Do I really need a colonoscopy? The purpose of a colonoscopy is to detect and/or evaluate the health of the large intestine, otherwise known as the colon. How do you know if you really need one? Colon Function 101 The primary purpose of the large intestine (colon) is to absorb water and facilitate regulation of

Juice Fasts: A Quick Path to Better Nutrition or a Potentially Risky Fad?

People who sell ready-made juice cleanse products and high-powered juicers – and those who spend their money on them – claim that drinking nothing but juice for a few days can lead to weight loss, detoxification, and a number of other health benefits. A documentary released a few years ago centered on a morbidly obese

Choosing the Best Surgeon for Hemorrhoid Treatment

Choosing the right physician for your hemorrhoid treatment is an important decision. Not only do you need someone skilled and well-trained, but you need someone who can make you feel comfortable during exams and procedures. Most importantly, you need a doctor who can diagnose and treat your condition, taking into consideration your unique needs. Some

Take Steps to Prevent Colon Cancer

Colon cancer, also known as colorectal cancer, defines a cancer of the large intestine. According to the National Cancer Institute, 4.3% of adult men and women may be diagnosed with colorectal cancer during their lifetime. While survival rates following diagnosis are determined on a case-by-case basis, earlier diagnosis often facilitates better outcomes. Take steps to

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