According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in men and women in the United States (excluding skin cancer). Each year, there are 140,000 new cases of colon cancer and over 50,000 deaths from colon cancer in the U.S. Your lifetime risk of developing colorectal cancer is between … Continue reading Colon talk: How a screening can save your life
Probiotics are living bacteria or other microorganisms that have beneficial health effects in people when they’re ingested. The concept has become very popular and many of my patients are taking probiotics to gain some health advantage, but enthusiasm for a concept is not the same as scientific proof of effectiveness. Very few marketed probiotics have … Continue reading Are probiotics good for you?
Colorectal cancer typically affects older adults, usually over age 50, but according to recent studies, the percentage of colorectal cancer cases in younger patients is increasing. Recommended screenings for men and women are typically initiated at age 50 to find and remove premalignant polyps, and thereby reduce the risk of cancer. We know early screening … Continue reading Why are more people under 50 getting colon cancer?