Tag: colon health

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.

Oh Poop! Everything You Need to Know about Your No. 2

Oh PoopDid you know paying attention to your bowel movements is a great way to keep an eye on your health? March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month so pay attention the next time you sit down for a number two. A bowel movement is what’s left after your digestive system absorbs the nutrients and fluids your body needs to function properly so things like texture, color, and frequency can all be good indicators of possible digestive issues or dietary needs. Check out our infographic, Oh Poop!, to learn more about your number two!

 

Move Over, Apple. Aspirin Deserves Credit, Too

aspirinWhile an apple a day may keep the doctor away, it’s aspirin that may really protect your health: New research shows that an aspirin a day may help lower the risk of colon cancer.

Aspirin has long been credited with helping reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes, and now, evidence (National Cancer Institute) suggests that taking a low-dose aspirin every day for five years or more may cut the risk of colon cancer by up to 35 percent among people who are at high risk.