Category: Well in Your 60s+

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Is Colonoscopy Prep Keeping You Away?

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Guest Blogger: Benjamin Hyatt, MD, UMass Memorial Medical Center, Division of Gastroenterology

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, so it’s time to discuss an uncomfortable topic: colon health. Let’s start with the bad news: Colorectal cancer is the third most common form of cancer in the United States. But here’s some good news:  it’s most often preventable.

So how do you prevent it? A colonoscopy.

People are often afraid of colonoscopies; but not because of the procedure, because of the prep. Just the thought of drinking a gallon of solution the night before to “clear out the area” brings nightmares to many. Thankfully, advances allow for an easier prep that can lead to a healthier you.

New Insurance Guidelines Cover Lung Cancer Screening Test

sticky-note-lung-cancer-screeningDid you know that lung cancer is the second most common cancer in both men and women? Did you also know that according to the American Cancer Society, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among men and women. Each year, more people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast and prostate cancers combined. This is true because lung cancer is typically already more advanced when someone seeks medical attention for already existing symptoms. This makes early diagnosis crucial, as it provides the best chance for effective treatment options and better prognosis.

New Technology to Detect Prostate Cancer?

man fishingThat’s right. If the man in your life needs a biopsy, then check out the new technology available that increases the detection of high-risk prostate cancer, with minimal discomfort and faster results.

Traditionally, prostate cancer biopsies have been performed by random sampling of the entire prostate. In one case, a man needed 18 painful biopsies for each of his 2 previous procedures. With the new targeted technology, only six biopsies were necessary, and he had minimal discomfort.