If you are 50 or over or have a family history of colon cancer, you should be screened. African-Americans should be screened beginning at age 45. Colon cancer is one of the most preventable -- and curable -- types of cancer when detected early. Since the risk of colon cancer increases with age, getting screened is essential. Learn more about colon cancer, who is at risk and when you should get tested. If you have a colonoscopy scheduled or would like to learn more about what to expect during the procedure, see the video, What to Expect During a Colonoscopy here.
March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and a colorful diet rich in fruits and vegetables plus a lively lifestyle are good ways to help prevent the disease. Experts also advise knowing the warning signs of colon cancer, including changes in bowel habits, and getting regular cancer screenings.
There is little data on pediatric use of IBS treatments, but a small study of 59 patients found the VSL #3 probiotic might improve quality of life in children with the disease. The study, presented at last week's ACG meeting, demonstrated the probiotic was safe and that it resulted in a significant improvement in symptoms over a placebo.
The goal of the Nutrient Rich Foods Coalition is to create a simple coding system showing which foods offer the most nutrition per calorie and per dollar. Under the system, it would be easy to compare canned pears with whole ones, or even to compare apples with oranges.