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Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths among men and women combined. We want to take this month to bring awareness to colorectal cancer and routine screenings that can prevent this type of cancer. This year alone, over 50,000 people will die from colorectal cancer, and an estimated 60% could have been prevented with screenings. Here is some information from the Fight Colorectal Cancer Organization on the types of screenings. Our physicians recommend a Colonoscopy as the preferred...

Living with Chronic Idiopathic Constipation can be confusing and frustrating at times. Chronic constipation without an identifiable cause is often referred to as Chronic Idiopathic Constipation or CIC. Idiopathic means that the cause cannot be determined or is unknown. CIC has symptoms of bloating, straining, and difficult, infrequent or incomplete bowel movements. It has been estimated that as many as 35 million adults in the U.S. may suffer from CIC. There are several factors that can affect CIC and even...

Christopher Rosen • Entertainment Weekly Eighteen years after Katie Couric’s groundbreaking televised colonoscopy on NBC’s Todayshow, Couric helped late-night host Jimmy Kimmel get the procedure done as he turned 50 years old. With help from Couric, Kimmel prepped for his colonoscopy the night before the exam and was later driven to the hospital by the former morning-show host for the procedure. “People say this isn’t fun, but I say it’s a lot more fun than being diagnosed with colorectal cancer,” Couric, whose husband died...

Mark Twain once said: "The secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside." Patients and providers are increasingly recognizing that food’s battleground is the GI tract. There has been an explosion of research linking food to the pathogenesis and treatment of a wide range of GI conditions. A recent survey of ACG members found that while the vast majority of gastroenterologists in the United States recommend dietary changes to their patients...

The following materials are downloadable PDF documents provided by the CDC: Basic Facts On Screening Colorectal Screening Colorectal Screening Pocket Brochure Basic Facts On Screening Questions to Ask Your Doctor Risk Factors and Symptoms Screening Tests at a Glance Colorectal Screening Saves Lives Brochure  ...

Digestive Health Specialists of the Southeast is currently partnering with Wake Research on a number of clinical studies. You can view the list and learn by going here. If you are interested in participating in these studies please contact us....