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Colon Cancer Home Tests vs Colonoscopy

For most colon cancer screening has always been synonymous with a colonoscopy procedure. Other screening test options have been available for years, but not until recently have the colon cancer home tests received so much attention due to increased consumer advertising.

As a result of the ads, several patients have been asking if colon cancer home tests are a viable option to screening option. These questions prompted my interest in writing this article to better educate on the pros and cons of various screening options.

As a gastroenterologist in San Antonio, a focus of my practice is to increase the participation rates of those getting screened for […]

By | 2018-05-24T11:11:08+00:00 May 24th, 2018|colon cancer, Colonoscopy|Comments Off on Colon Cancer Home Tests vs Colonoscopy

Colonoscopy FAQs

With March being Colon Cancer Awareness month, I wanted to help spread the awareness message in San Antonio, TX that following the recommended screening guidelines is the key to beating this cancer. This year I thought I would do something different by sharing a few Colonoscopy FAQs to help dispel some of the misconceptions and educate on why it is best way to screen for colon cancer.

If you know someone 50 years or older, make sure they know about the importance of colon cancer screening. Thank you in advance for helping to promote this awareness message in San Antonio and let me know if you have any questions related […]

By | 2018-03-27T17:13:52+00:00 March 8th, 2018|colon cancer, Colonoscopy|Comments Off on Colonoscopy FAQs

Exercise and Digestive Health

Much of the content that I’ve written on my website relative to improving digestive symptoms and conditions almost always includes recommendations promoting a healthy diet and an active lifestyle. As a result, I wanted to give a more detailed explanation regarding how exercise can benefit your digestive system, so that you better understand the direct correlation between an active lifestyle and better digestive health.

Exercise and Overall Digestive Health

Before discussing how exercise can contribute to improving our digestive health, I wanted to briefly explain the gut/intestinal microbiome and the importance of keeping it in balance. The gut microbiome is defined as the collection of microbes or microorganisms that inhabit an environment and create a sort of “mini-ecosystem”. Our gut microbiota contains […]

By | 2017-09-11T16:22:09+00:00 September 11th, 2017|colon cancer, constipation, Digestive Health|Comments Off on Exercise and Digestive Health

7 Reasons to see a Gastroenterologist

Are you considering seeing a gastroenterologist in San Antonio, TX? In most cases, my recommendation to those experiencing things like stomach pain or other digestive symptoms is to see your primary doctor first and they can decide if the cause is less severe than anticipated or needs the attention of a GI specialist. However, if you don’t have a primary care physician or if you’re experiencing chronic ongoing GI issues, you should ask to be referred to a gastroenterologist or contact one directly that participates in your insurance network.   

I often have conversations with first time patients where they let me know that they were unsure of what type of doctor to see for their symptoms, so […]

By | 2018-01-31T01:21:52+00:00 August 7th, 2017|Bloating, Bowel Movements, colon cancer, Colonoscopy, hemorrhoids, IBD|Comments Off on 7 Reasons to see a Gastroenterologist

Constipation – When to see a Doctor

I’ve written previously on the common condition of having constipation, which provides a good overview of the causes and initial treatment options. However, my practice receives a lot of calls from patients wondering what the determining factors are regarding when they should see a doctor for this condition. These questions were the inspiration for creating more guidance on how constipation should be perceived and treated by patients. While this is never a pleasant topic to discuss or experience, a normal occurrence of bowel movements is important for everyone’s overall health. I hope those reading this information in the San Antonio, TX area find this information helpful, and if you need to see a […]

By | 2018-01-31T01:21:53+00:00 April 17th, 2017|colon cancer, constipation|Comments Off on Constipation – When to see a Doctor

2017 Colon Cancer Awareness

“I’m an avid sports fan.  I am proud of what the sports community has done to help raise awareness for breast cancer.  If you watch sports enough you will frequently see the “pink” awareness color of breast cancer in the stands, on uniforms, on athletic equipment and on signs and banners.  We need this constant reminder because breast cancer is preventable, yet still takes way too many lives.  Colon cancer awareness color is “dark blue”.  This color, and reminder, I don’t see nearly enough.  Colon cancer, also preventable, is the second leading cause of cancer death in our country.  It’s my job as a gastroenterologist to […]

By | 2018-01-31T01:21:53+00:00 March 1st, 2017|colon cancer, Colonoscopy|Comments Off on 2017 Colon Cancer Awareness

2017 Get Your Rear in Gear 5k Run/Walk – San Antonio, TX

This March I’ll be participating in the Get Your Rear in Gear 5k Run/Walk in San Antonio with co-workers from our gastroenterology clinic and endoscopy center. I’m very proud that the Gastroenterology Clinic of San Antonio will be a presenting sponsor in this year’s event. This is a family friendly walk/run with lots of great kid’s activities.

Proceeds from this event will be granted towards programs that will raise colon cancer screening rates, increase awareness, and educate the public about the signs and symptoms of this disease in the San Antonio, TX community. I encourage everyone to join us to help raise awareness and colon cancer screening rates in San Antonio. To learn more about colon cancer and […]

By | 2017-02-01T15:16:11+00:00 February 1st, 2017|colon cancer|Comments Off on 2017 Get Your Rear in Gear 5k Run/Walk – San Antonio, TX

Colon Cancer Symptoms

My patients often ask me if certain digestive symptoms like rectal bleeding can be an indicator for colon cancer. The short answer yes, but most likely that is not the case. Many of the colon cancer symptoms can also be caused by something that isn’t cancer, such as infection, hemorrhoids, irritable bowel syndrome, or inflammatory bowel disease. The symptoms of colon cancer very widely and for most patients it is completely asymptomatic.

With March being colon cancer awareness month, I wanted to provide further education on […]

By | 2018-01-31T01:21:54+00:00 March 19th, 2016|colon cancer|Comments Off on Colon Cancer Symptoms

2016 Colon Cancer Awareness

With March being colon cancer awareness month, I wanted to share some important information regarding prevention along with some specific awareness events that are occurring in the San Antonio area in 2016 to help promote colon cancer awareness for our community.

Colon Cancer Facts

  • It is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death.
  • The lifetime risk of being diagnosed with colorectal cancer is about one in 19.
  • While most people diagnosed with colon cancer have no family history of the disease, those with a family history of the disease should begin screening at an earlier age.
  • With early screening and testing, colon cancer is Preventable, Treatable & Beatable!

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By | 2018-01-31T01:21:54+00:00 March 1st, 2016|colon cancer, Colonoscopy|Comments Off on 2016 Colon Cancer Awareness

Stool Tests and GI Health

I wanted to do a follow up on my recent blog post on “What Your Poop Says About You” by elaborating on some of the types of stool tests we as gastroenterologists in San Antonio TX may conduct on your stool.  We base these stool tests on the symptoms a patient presents with, their medical history and a description of the changes in their stool.  A stool analysis is a series of different stool tests done on your poop to diagnose certain conditions potentially affecting the digestive tract.

Why do I need Stool Tests in San Antonio TX

I realize that the idea of collecting […]

By | 2018-01-31T01:21:54+00:00 May 6th, 2015|Bowel Movements, colon cancer, Colonoscopy|Comments Off on Stool Tests and GI Health