Colonoscopy

Colon Cancer: 7 Ways to Reduce Your Risk

Colon cancer affects people of all ages, genders, races, and ethnicities. Alarmingly, it’s the second most common cause of cancer deaths in the United States.

Despite its high incidence and mortality, colon cancer is one of the most preventable cancers. Knowing how to reduce your risk of colon cancer can save your life.

This article will discuss what colon cancer is and the factors that increase your risk. We’ll outline 7 key ways to reduce your risk of colon cancer and the importance of colon cancer screening. Keep reading to learn more about colon cancer and how you can take your health into your own hands.

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By |2022-08-18T12:53:42-05:00August 18th, 2022|colon cancer, Colonoscopy|Comments Off on Colon Cancer: 7 Ways to Reduce Your Risk

2022 Colon Cancer Awareness Month

March is colon cancer awareness month. At my gastroenterology practice each year, we take this opportunity to help promote local events and spread the awareness message that following the colon cancer screening guidelines is the best way to avoid this cancer.

While everyone is still mitigating their risk of COVID-19 in San Antonio with the various precautions, we encourage you to focus on your regular health physicals and screenings to help avoid preventable diseases like colon cancer.

“I don’t want anyone to become an avoidable statistic by not getting screened for colon cancer. Please follow the screening guidelines and help spread awareness to friends or loved ones of screening age. Together we can beat colon cancer.”
– Dr. H

Colon

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By |2022-03-01T07:35:31-06:00March 1st, 2022|colon cancer, Colonoscopy|Comments Off on 2022 Colon Cancer Awareness Month

Colonoscopy: Before, During, & After the Procedure

Most people experience some anxiety before getting a colonoscopy. They may have heard horror stories about the bowel prep. They may feel embarrassed about the procedure or simply fearful of the unknown.

These feelings are entirely normal. But learning more about the procedure and what to expect can help put some of your concerns to rest.

The technique and sedation used during a colonoscopy vary between patients and doctors. Making sure you see a qualified gastroenterologist can help give you peace of mind.

This article will clarify what occurs before, during, and after a colonoscopy. We hope to show that this procedure is often much easier than you think.

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By |2022-01-24T12:42:57-06:00January 24th, 2022|colon cancer, Colonoscopy|Comments Off on Colonoscopy: Before, During, & After the Procedure

2021 Colon Cancer Awareness Month

March is colon cancer awareness month. Each year, at my gastroenterology practice, we take this opportunity to help promote local events and spread the awareness message that following the colon cancer screening guidelines is the best way to avoid this cancer.

As we’re in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, I wanted to emphasize the importance of not putting off necessary health maintenance services like colon cancer screening or not seeking an evaluation for digestive symptoms. The key to beating this cancer is early detection. When detected in a localized stage (has not spread outside of colon or rectum), the 5-year survival rate is 91%.

Also, keep in mind that certain habits can increase

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By |2021-03-02T14:28:53-06:00March 2nd, 2021|colon cancer, Colonoscopy, Digestive Health|Comments Off on 2021 Colon Cancer Awareness Month

Colonoscopy Costs in San Antonio Explained

Whether it’s time for your colon cancer screening exam or a symptom needs to be evaluated, we all will need to plan for a colonoscopy at some time in our life.

This process involves more than just the dreaded pre-exam prep solution. Like with all medical services, we need to plan for the related expenses to avoid any surprises.

To help with this budgeting process, I’ve created an infographic highlighting key aspects determining the patient’s financial responsibility. After the graphic, you’ll find a detailed description of the different potential fees that can be associated with your colonoscopy, along with a few tips as well.

In San Antonio, TX, we’re fortunate to have great healthcare options. I hope that this information better prepares patients

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By |2021-01-28T15:45:26-06:00December 1st, 2020|colon cancer, Colonoscopy, Digestive Health|Comments Off on Colonoscopy Costs in San Antonio Explained

5 of the Best Ways to Improve Your Gut Health as You Age

When you think about aging, you’re likely struck with thoughts of wrinkles, greying hair, and wondering where these pesky extra pounds came from. So it might come as a surprise to realize that the process of aging is happening just as much on the inside of your body as it is on the outside.

It’s true, growing older changes more than your physical appearance. It also has drastic effects on the health of your gut. But don’t let that scare you, there are plenty of things you can do to improve the health of your gut to ultimately keep your digestive system running like it did when you were in your twenties.

Today we’re going to explore how and why gut health

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By |2020-09-17T13:50:47-05:00July 22nd, 2020|colon cancer, Colonoscopy, Digestive Health|Comments Off on 5 of the Best Ways to Improve Your Gut Health as You Age

2020 Colon Cancer Awareness Month

March is colon cancer awareness month. At my gastroenterology practice each year we take this opportunity to help promote local events and spread the awareness message that following the colon cancer screening guidelines is the best way to avoid this cancer.

Did you know that according to the American Cancer Society that 1 out of every 20 people will be affected by colon cancer? To learn about screening guidelines and a few tips on how to avoid this cancer, please visit my colon cancer webpage.

Colon Cancer Home Tests vs Colonoscopy

With the key to prevention being that everyone needs to get screened, I wanted to provide an overview of 2 popular screening options

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By |2020-03-01T17:21:02-06:00March 1st, 2020|colon cancer, Colonoscopy|Comments Off on 2020 Colon Cancer Awareness Month

Pain in the Butt: What Rectal Pain Means for You

While it may be embarrassing, and not something you want to share about with your friends over brunch, having pain down there (rectal pain) is a widespread complaint – 10 million Americans self-report hemorrhoids every year. Rectal pain is all too common – but there are so many possible causes to consider.

Pain in the rectum and anus is so prevalent because they’re made up of sensitive, highly vascularised tissues, responsible for removing waste from your body. As a result, there is an increased risk of damage to the tissues and blood vessels, and of bacterial infections.

But what’s causing your pain – and is it worth getting evaluated by a doctor?
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By |2020-09-17T13:57:01-05:00May 20th, 2019|Colonoscopy, Digestive Health, hemorrhoids|Comments Off on Pain in the Butt: What Rectal Pain Means for You

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month

2019 Colon Cancer Awareness

Every March I like to help promote colon cancer awareness month by providing information regarding steps we can all take to avoid this cancer. Last year I focused on colonoscopy FAQs to help educate & dispel misconceptions about colonoscopy.

This year I wanted to help promote awareness by covering a few important topics on…

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By |2020-04-30T13:49:59-05:00February 28th, 2019|colon cancer, Colonoscopy, Digestive Health|Comments Off on March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month

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.

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By |2023-02-22T13:10:37-06:00May 24th, 2018|colon cancer, Colonoscopy|Comments Off on Colon Cancer Home Tests vs Colonoscopy
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