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March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month

Hello Is Dr. Jeffrey Mark, March’s Colon Cancer Awareness Month. And I’d like to go through with you a very informative poster and your options for colon cancer screening. So in front of your poster that shows everything that you need to know regarding colon cancer screening. So we all have a colon, this is where you start. You want to maintain exercise, which reduces your risk for colon cancer and to maintain a healthy weight. You want to avoid certain foods, fatty foods, processed foods, and eat more fruits and vegetables. You want to know your family history as well. Because you may need earlier screening based on what your family history reveals, I mean, talk to a genetic counselor. You should know that there’s certain symptoms that merit in evaluation right away, including bloody stools, domino pain, fatigue, weight loss that’s unexplained and changes in your bowels such as constipation or diarrhea. You should be having a discussion with your primary care doctor in regards to all the information above and especially if you have certain types of inflammatory bowel disease or other types of corn disease, you may need earlier screenings or more frequent screenings. So if you’re 45 or older, you should be having a colonoscopy that should be done every 10 years. The other options which are less desirable, would include a CT colonography,  every five years or a flexible sigmoidoscopy every five years. Non procedural options include fecal immuno chemical testing or fit testing every year, high sensitivity guaiac based fecal occult tests every year, or multi targeted DNA stool test every three years; all three of these options do not give the option for a removal of any polyps. And if any of these three were positive, you’d have to do a colonoscopy. So for a complete solution, we do recommend colonoscopy because it is diagnostic in terms of viewing for polyps and colon cancer and also therapeutic in removing polyps or being able to obtain a tissue sample or biopsy. So if you’d like a colon screening, please contact us at info@jeffreymarkmd.com, find us on the web at www.allfunctionalhealth.com,  or call (925) 736-9828. Take care and stay healthy.

 

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Jeffrey Mark, M.D.


Helping clients with compassionate and comprehensive medical care for over 25 years with 4 board certifications in functional medicine, gastroenterology, internal medicine, and anti-aging/ regenerative medicine . IFMCP, ABIM Gastroenterology, NPAS Internal Medicine, ABAARM.

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