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What to Eat After Colon Surgery

2020-10-01T18:09:26+00:00

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 [...]

What to Eat After Colon Surgery2020-10-01T18:09:26+00:00

Colon Cancer Screening Options

2020-10-01T16:51:08+00:00

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 [...]

Colon Cancer Screening Options2020-10-01T16:51:08+00:00

Colon Cancer Risk Factors and Disparities

2020-10-01T16:05:04+00:00

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 [...]

Colon Cancer Risk Factors and Disparities2020-10-01T16:05:04+00:00

Sway’s Universe: Warning Signs of Colon Cancer and Risks

2020-09-24T17:03:15+00:00

"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 [...]

Sway’s Universe: Warning Signs of Colon Cancer and Risks2020-09-24T17:03:15+00:00

Treating a Colon Cancer Diagnosis

2020-10-01T17:21:39+00:00

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 [...]

Treating a Colon Cancer Diagnosis2020-10-01T17:21:39+00:00

Dr. Lynn O’Connor in the News: Chadwick Boseman and colon cancer

2020-09-17T19:28:08+00:00

"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 [...]

Dr. Lynn O’Connor in the News: Chadwick Boseman and colon cancer2020-09-17T19:28:08+00:00

Who Is At Risk For Colon Cancer?

2020-09-14T21:11:31+00:00

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 [...]

Who Is At Risk For Colon Cancer?2020-09-14T21:11:31+00:00

Dr. Lynn O’Connor in the News: Colon cancer took Chadwick Boseman’s life.

2020-09-11T21:09:52+00:00

"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 [...]

Dr. Lynn O’Connor in the News: Colon cancer took Chadwick Boseman’s life.2020-09-11T21:09:52+00:00

Ask Nurse Alice Podcast: What We Should Know About Colon Cancer

2020-09-09T21:51:02+00:00

When news broke that Chadwick Boseman suddenly passed away from colon cancer, I was completely shocked. The news has been a wake-up call for everyone, especially the African-American community, to start paying closer attention to our health. I recently was a guest on the Ask Nurse Alice podcast, hosted by the amazing nurse and online personality, Alice Benjamin, RN. We had a great conversation where I was able to share my expertise and knowledge about colorectal health and colon cancer. Listen to the full episode here: https://open.spotify.com/episode/2vSEVGG2EZPVTm1mWWSK2B Transcription Nurse Alice: Hi, friends welcome to another episode of Ask Nurse [...]

Ask Nurse Alice Podcast: What We Should Know About Colon Cancer2020-09-09T21:51:02+00:00

Colon Cancer Screening Could Save Your Life

2020-09-10T19:11:25+00:00

The key to fighting colorectal cancer is catching it early. Screening is the best way to find signs of cancer in your body. Scheduling and preparing for a colonoscopy can seem intimidating or maybe even scary, but it's nothing to be afraid of! Putting off a colon screening can do you more harm than good. In this video, Dr. O'Connor discusses the importance of colon cancer screening from her conversation on BlackDoctor.org with Nurse Alice Benjamin and Dr. Scott Metcalfe from Bravo's Married to Medicine. https://youtu.be/SIOuNA8wQqk   Transcription Dr. Lynn O'Connor: You want to get it early on, and [...]

Colon Cancer Screening Could Save Your Life2020-09-10T19:11:25+00:00
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