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Can Diet Influence Colon Cancer Recurrence?

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A study, published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, looked at whether carbohydrate consumption affects the recurrence of colon cancer. Data was collected on 1,011 adults, who had surgery and chemotherapy for Stage 3 colon cancer; where cancer had spread to near by lymph nodes but had not spread to other parts of the body. In a 7 year period, 343 people had recurrence of their cancers – 262 of those people died.

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Chronic Constipation and Colon Cancer

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Chronic constipation may be more than just uncomfortable, a recent study shows that it also my be a linked to colon cancer. The study, done in Australia, found that chronic constipation was linked with a 78% increase in an individual’s risk for colon cancer. The researchers also showed an increased risk for developing benign growth.

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AIDS and GI Cancers

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A study recently published in “Gastroenterology, The Journal of the American Gastroenterological Association”, shows that patients with AIDS have an increased risk for developing cancers of the esophagus and stomach. To find the link, researchers analyzed data from the HIV/AIDS Cancer Match Study, a database linking 16 U.S. population-based HIV and AIDS and cancer registries.

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Follow-up Essential In Reducing Colon Cancer Risk

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German researchers studied a group of 400 people who were diagnosed with colon polyps in the past 10 years. About 1/3 of them had developed colon cancer. The researchers found that those with colorectal cancer were more likely to have neglected getting a follow-up colonoscopy within the normal parameters recommended by physicians.

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Not Enough Follow-Up in Celiac Patients

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A study released from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN raises concerns for patients with Celiac Disease. The concern involves the frequency of follow-up visits done by the patient’s Gastroenterologist. Symptoms of celiac disease lead a patient to their primary care physician, who then refers them to a GI for diagnosis.

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It Really is Who You Know

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A study that we recently posted affirms that older adults live longer if they are regularly screened for colon cancer. But a new study has been released that shows the type of Doctor preforming the colonoscopy matters. Researchers at St.

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Silent Epidemic – Hepatitis C

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Most people that have Hepatitis C are unaware that they are infected. That is cause for concern according to a report issued by the CDC. According to the report patients born between 1945 – 1965 should be advised by their Doctors to have a one time test, the results could lead to an additional 800,000 diagnoses. That is the staggering number of people the CDC believe to be undiagnosed with Hep C.

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Gluten Free Labeling

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The only real treatment for patients with celiac disease is to eat a gluten free diet. The side effect of this diet is that you become a chronic “label reader”. All processed foods should be looked at carefully to insure there are no “hidden” glutens.

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Another Reason To Keep Our Weight Under Control

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Studies are showing a real link between obesity and colon cancer, but this should not be a surprise. Let’s look at ways to reduce your risk of developing colon cancer: High fiber, low fat diets full of fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains Daily exercise – in fact, regular movement through out the day not just concentrated periods in the gym No smoking! If you currently smoke stop!

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New Study Shows Screening Decreases Death From Colon Cancer

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March is colorectal cancer awareness month. And just in time, a new study shows that when precancerous polyps are removed during a colonoscopy it reduces death rates by 53%. One in 20 Americans will develop colorectal cancer. About 140,000 cases are diagnosed in the United States each year, resulting in about 49,000 deaths, according to the National Cancer Institute.

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Welcome

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Welcome to the new website of the Southern California Medical Gastroenterology Group, we hope you take a few minutes to look around and learn more about who we are and what we can do for you. We believe that an informed patient is a healthier patient and that is our goal…a healthier you!

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