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More People Under 50 Getting Colon Cancer, Analysis Finds

Posted 25 Jan 2016 by

MONDAY, Jan. 25, 2016 – Colon cancer rates are rising among men and women under 50, the age at which guidelines recommend screenings start, a new analysis shows. One in seven colon cancer patients is under 50. Younger patients are more likely to have advanced stage cancer, but they live slightly longer without a cancer recurrence because they are treated aggressively, the researchers reported. "Colon cancer has traditionally been thought of as a disease of the elderly," said study lead author Dr. Samantha Hendren, an associate professor of surgery at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. "This study is really a wake-up call to the medical community that a relatively large number of colon cancers are occurring in people under 50," she added. However, Hendren said it's too soon to say whether colon cancer screening guidelines should be altered to reflect that trend. In the analysis, ... Read more

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Health Tip: Your Child's Bowel Function

Posted 25 Aug 2015 by

-- Every child has different bowel habits, but certain signs may indicate a medical problem. The University of Michigan Health System says parents should visit a doctor if: The child is constipated for longer than a week, or the child's bowel movements are painful and require more than normal pushing. The child has blood in the stool, or has hemorrhoids. The child has a leaking soft stool between bowel movements. The child is vomiting or has a swollen belly. Read more

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Health Tip: Should I Talk to my Doctor About Gas?

Posted 10 Aug 2015 by

-- While everyone has intestinal gas, some people have severe bloating that causes discomfort and other problems. The Mayo Clinic mentions these warning signs that you may need to see a doctor: Intestinal gas that is persistent and severe. Intestinal gas that occurs with vomiting. Long-term diarrhea, bloody stool or constipation. Weight loss for no apparent reason. Heartburn. Read more

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Health Tip: How Did I Get Hemorrhoids?

Posted 29 Mar 2013 by

-- Hemorrhoids occur when blood vessels in the rectum become swollen and tender. The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons says common risk factors for hemorrhoids include: Having chronic constipation or diarrhea, or pushing too hard during bowel movements. Being pregnant. Having family members who have had hemorrhoids. Sitting on the toilet for long periods. Overusing enemas or laxatives, which can trigger problems with bowel function. Read more

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Hemorrhoids Are Common, Preventable and Treatable

Posted 15 Feb 2013 by

FRIDAY, Feb. 15 – Hemorrhoids are a hot topic online, and that's probably because they're so common. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration reports that "hemorrhoids" was the top-trending health-issue search in the United States in 2012 and most people – up to 75 percent – will be affected by hemorrhoids at some point in their lives, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health. Hemorrhoids are swollen and inflamed veins in the rectum or anus. The good news is there are several ways to treat hemorrhoids and ease the pain, itching or other symptoms they may cause, according to an article posted on the FDA's "Consumer Updates" Web page. The uncomfortable condition usually affects adults aged 45 to 65 and hemorrhoids are typically caused by increased pressure in the veins of the anus. Obesity and inactivity play a role in who develops hemorrhoids. Pregnancy and childbirth can also ... Read more

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