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Millennials and Colon Cancer

Posted 7/3/2017 by UHBlog

Millennials and Colon Cancer

A recent study shows that colorectal cancer is much more prevalent in millennials than previously thought. What are the signs, and what can you do to lower your risk?

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Don’t Fear the Colonoscopy

Posted 4/18/2017 by UHBlog

Don't Fear the Colonoscopy

Educate yourself about what to expect…and why this test could save your life.

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March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Posted 3/10/2016 by UHBlog

Colorectal cancer in the third most common type of cancer in the U.S. This type of cancer starts in the colon or rectum, which are parts of the large intestine. Colorectal cancer often begins as a growth, called a polyp, in the inner wall of the colon or rectum; sometimes polyps become cancer over time. Finding and removing polyps can save lives and prevent colorectal cancer. People 50 years or older should be screened for colorectal cancer. To learn more about colon cancer and screening: T...

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Man vs. Beef: Is Red Meat the New Smoking?

Posted 1/25/2016 by UHBlog

Are you ready to make healthier food choices? We can help. A group of prominent health professionals has a beef with red meat and processed meat, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you can never enjoy another lamb chop. The International Agency on Research of Cancer – an arm of the World Health Organization – released a document in October 2015 stating there is strong evidence processed meat increases the risk of cancer, and red meat probably increases the risk of cancer. &ldqu...

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New Breast Cancer Discovery at UH

Posted 6/1/2015 by UHBlog

Women with breast cancer are living longer these days – largely because of advances in treatment and therapy. One of these advances recently occurred at University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center, where researchers made a discovery about triple-negative breast cancer that may help predict how women with this type of cancer will respond to treatment. Triple-negative breast cancer occurs most commonly in younger women and African-American women, and it’s difficult to treat. “Tri...

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Colon Cancer Rates Are On the Decline

Posted 5/18/2015 by UHBlog

Good news in the wake of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month: Colorectal cancer rates are down among older Americans. A new report from the American Cancer Society reveals that colon cancer incidence in people age 50 and older have fallen by 30 percent in the last decade. The decrease is especially pronounced in those over the age of 65. Research indicates the remarkable decline is due to the increased frequency of colonoscopy screenings, according to gastroenterologist, Gregory Cooper,...

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6 Biggest Myths About Colon Cancer

Posted 5/11/2015 by UHBlog

Myth 1: If you don’t have symptoms, you don’t need a screening. Truth: Gastroenterologist Gregory Cooper, MD, explains that colon cancer and most colon polyps don’t always produce symptoms in its early stages. Colon cancer occurs when a polyp in the lower bowel or large intestine develops into a tumor. “The vast majority of polyps,” says Dr. Cooper, “don’t cause symptoms and if removed could prevent cancer from spreading.” Myth 2: Colon cancer ...

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African-Americans and Colon Cancer Risks

Posted 3/19/2015 by UHBlog

Read more about colon cancer prevention, risks and screening options. Did you know that African-Americans are more likely to develop colon cancer, get it at an early age, and are more likely to die of it, when compared with Caucasians? In fact, African-Americans have the highest rates of colon cancer of any ethnic group in the U.S. These differences hold up even when doctors consider social and economic differences among ethnic groups, such as access to health care. “The differences pers...

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To Colonoscopy – or Not to Colonoscopy

Posted 3/1/2015 by UHBlog

Did you know there are multiple colon cancer screening options besides colonoscopies? Move over colonoscopies. There are several good alternatives to screen for colon cancer, the third most common cancer in men and women. "With a colonoscopy, the major fears for most people are the prep and sedation," says gastroenterologist Gregory Cooper, MD. "They hear all these horror stories about what these involve." In fact, the full bowel prep required for a colonoscopy is getting easier, Dr. Cooper sa...

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March is National Colon Cancer Awareness Month

Posted 2/26/2015 by UHBlog

Did you know that colon cancer is the second leading cancer-related cause of death, and often has no symptoms? Or that 90 percent of people diagnosed are 50 and older? The good news is that when it is detected early with regular screenings, colon cancer has a 90 percent survival rate. Be proactive. There are several tests that can help diagnose colon cancer, but experts agree that a colonoscopy is the gold standard for early detection and prevention. During a colonoscopy, a doctor looks for po...

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