“Alcohol is a diuretic which causes dehydration, and as dehydration is intensified after working out from sweat, alcohol can further dehydrate you.” One of the best ways to stay healthy and to relieve stress is exercise. Photo courtesy of Byrdie I try to fit in as much workout time as I can during my busy work week. Along with a good diet, exercising regularly can also help prevent the development of colorectal cancer. During health consultations, patients will often ask me about exercising and using pre-workout supplements. Pre-workout supplements have become increasingly more popular. These powders, capsules, liquids and other [...]
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Video courtesy of Catholic Health When 37-year old Dan first visited me with complaints of rectal bleeding, I suggested he get a colonoscopy due to his family medical history. Sure enough, I discovered a mass and promptly removed it during surgery. Unfortunately, it's not that uncommon to see someone like Dan checking for colorectal cancer anymore. Cases of colorectal cancer in patients under age 50 are continuing to rise. Dan didn't think someone his age needed a colonoscopy - he couldn't have colon cancer this young. Now, Dan is doing well. He has peace of mind knowing [...]
What types of foods should you eat after recovering from colon surgery? Your body goes through a lot during surgery, so the recovery period is important. Your body needs to heal. Soft foods that are easy to digest and swallow are going to be the best for after surgery. Foods that help boost your immune system are also great for recovery. Probiotics, which help restore your gut flora, can be helpful for after surgery. You can buy probiotics as a supplement or you can get it naturally from foods like yogurt. In this video, Dr. O'Connor discusses after-surgery diet and [...]
There are several types of screening tests for colorectal cancer. The most common and most effective is colonoscopy. But at-home screening tests like Cologuard and fecal occult blood tests have risen during the age of the coronavirus. Each test comes with their own advantages and disadvantages, so it's good to know about what each test does. There's no best test for any person. Whatever screening option you choose, it's important to know how to properly prepare and administer these test so you are getting accurate results. The best screening is one that gets done. Talk to your doctor to figure [...]
Many lifestyle-related risk factors can raise your chances of developing colon cancer. While some people who get the disease may not have any of the risk factors, it's important to be aware of them. Certain racial backgrounds, like African Americans, are more at risk to develop the disease. African Americans are disproportionately burdened by cancer in general, and colorectal cancer is no exception. According to the American Cancer Society, African Americans are about 20% more likely to get colorectal cancer and about 40% more likely to die from it than most other groups. The reason behind this usually stems from [...]
"We’ve got to educate ourselves, educate our families, educate our community, and sometimes you need to educate your doctor." The death of Chadwick Boseman has left a lasting impact on the African American community. It's an unfortunate reminder that colon cancer, like so many other diseases, disproportionately affects African Americans. Even if you're Black Panther. Many people are still unfamiliar with the specifics of this disease: What causes it? Who is at risk? What signs should I be looking for? How can I stave off colon cancer? I returned to Sway's Universe on Sirius XM and spoke with Kelly [...]
After you're diagnosed with colon cancer, what comes next? Receiving a cancer diagnosis can be incredibly hard to take. It can be overwhelming to think about your next steps. What comes next? Do I need surgery right away? How will my colon cancer be treated? Is chemotherapy my only option for treatment? It's natural to have questions about how to tackle a colon cancer diagnosis. In this video, Dr. O'Connor explains the process of treating colon cancer from her conversation with Nurse Alice Benjamin and Dr. Scott Metcalfe. https://youtu.be/ew724eRBxCI Transcription Dr. Lynn O'Connor: You get to the point where [...]
"The vast amount of colorectal cancers are still seen in older patients. Young-onset colorectal cancer patients face significant challenges as their symptoms are sometimes misdiagnosed." 11% of colon cancer diagnoses and 18% of rectal cancer diagnoses occur in those under 50. That's a disheartening statistic. According to the Colorectal Cancer Alliance, a staggering 82% of young-onset colorectal cancer patients were misdiagnosed. Gareth Cattermole/ Getty Images As more and more younger patients are diagnosed with colon cancer, like actor Chadwick Boseman, spreading awareness about the disease is crucial. When a patient develops colon cancer, it's often because symptoms are ignored. Colon cancer [...]
How do you know if you're at risk for colon cancer? There are a number of risk factors that contribute to developing colon cancer. It's well known that your risk increases with age, but with younger and younger patients developing the disease, lifestyle factors and family history also come into play. But, family history and pre-existing conditions aren't always to blame when it comes to colon cancer. From her conversation on BlackDoctor.org with Nurse Alice Benjamin and Dr. Scott Metcalfe from Bravo's Married to Medicine, Dr. O'Connor discusses how your family history and other factors can increase your risk for [...]
"We lost a real hero. And there are a lot more cases out there." Just like the rest of the world, I was completely shocked to learn that Chadwick Boseman had passed away from colon cancer. Emma McIntyre / Getty Images for MTV file It was a devastating loss for the Black community, especially- the characters he played on screen celebrated Black excellence and served as a role model to so many. Unfortunately, rates of colorectal cancer among young people have been continuing to rise over the past fewer years. It's why the American Cancer Society has now [...]