Digestive Health

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

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

Dr. Lynn O’Connor in the News: Why is my Poop Green or Black?

2020-07-24T15:04:26+00:00

As a colorectal surgeon, my patients often ask me about what they should be aware of when it comes to bowel movements. One question I'm often asked is, "Is it normal for my poop to be a different color?"  The truth is, poop can come in come in many different shapes and colors! It's not necessarily a bad thing for your stools to appear green or black. Your diet is a big factor that affects the color of your poop. Green foods like leafy greens, matcha, avocados and herbs can cause your poop to appear a green color. This is [...]

Dr. Lynn O’Connor in the News: Why is my Poop Green or Black?2020-07-24T15:04:26+00:00

Understanding and Treating Constipation

2020-02-17T14:29:11+00:00

Now that the holidays and Super Bowl viewing parties are over, a lot of us are trying to get back on track with our diets and exercise routine. This is also a common time of year when many of my patients experience constipation.  People often think of constipation as having bowel movements that are hard to pass and stool is often hard and dry.  Constipation is actually defined as a condition in which a person has fewer than 3 bowel movements in a week and yes, most of the time stools are hard dry and small, making them difficult and [...]

Understanding and Treating Constipation2020-02-17T14:29:11+00:00

10 Foods to Improve Digestion & Gut Health

2019-02-05T20:25:26+00:00

Everyone experiences digestive problems like bloating, nausea, or diarrhea on occasion. Even if you have stomach discomfort and do not feel like eating, a healthy diet is still important. Here are some foods that can nourish your body, improve your digestive health, and help your stomach feel better. […]

10 Foods to Improve Digestion & Gut Health2019-02-05T20:25:26+00:00
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