If you are between 45 and 70 years old, you have probably heard your doctor suggest that you should have a colonoscopy. A colonoscopy is an internal examination of the colon, to check whether you have conditions that might lead to colorectal cancer. For many people, this sounds like a nightmare. They are afraid that the process is going to be painful and embarrassing, or it could lead complications. However, nothing could be farther from the truth. A Colonoscopy is a good thing, and an important test to keep you healthy. Below are some of the common questions and concerns about a colonoscopy to get you ready for your first screening without as much to worry about.
Understanding why you need a colonoscopy is important for you to feel comfortable with the procedure. As the word states, colonoscopy is a "scope of the colon." It involves screening the colon for colon cancer and other conditions or diseases that affect the colon. They are important because early detection of colorectal cancer ensures that the treatment is done in time to allow a patient to have a normal lifespan.
There is a need for regular screening of the colon to ensure that any problem is detected early enough for ease of treatment. Therefore, it is not and should not be a one-time procedure. It should be done as regular as your doctor recommends.
Generally, if you are over 50 years old, you should consider having your first colonoscopy to determine the health status of your colon. If there is a history of colorectal cancer in your immediate family, a colonoscopy is extremely essential and you may be screened before 50 years old.
If you have problems such as chronic constipation, bleeding, diarrhea, and passing out mucus and other tissue in your stool, a colonoscopy may be imperative to screen the colon for diseases such as Crohn's, diverticular disease and irritable bowel syndrome.
After the age of 75, most people are advised not to have a colonoscopy.
Some people think that the process is going to be painful. However, the truth is that you won't even know how it feels to have the colonoscope moving inside your bowel. You will be given a IV sedative to help you relax so the procedure is generally painless. Some discomfort may exist in the form of cramping in your lower stomach.
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Bladder health isn’t something that’s talked about openly or often. Yet, it’s very important. The ultimate goal of Bladder Health Month is to help people speak more openly about it, improve their overall bladder health and raise bladder cancer awareness.
When we think about bladder health it raises the question: What important things do you need to know on this subject of bladder health? Two issues that you should be aware of are first, urinary incontinence and an overactive bladder (OAB), and what are worrisome symptoms that I should talk to my doctor about.
Perhaps you’ve just eaten a good meal. Now, though, you’re in pain. There’s a sharp, burning sensation in your chest that won’t seem to go away. In fact, it gets worse when you bend or lie down. What’s wrong? Most people would answer “heartburn.” That’s correct.
It’s interesting that the word heartburn is often used synonymously with the terms acid reflux and GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). However, these terms actually have different meanings.
Acid reflux is a common health condition that ranges in severity. GERD is a long-term, more serious form of that condition. And heartburn is a symptom of both. It’s important to know the difference so that you know what action to take to preserve your health. So when you start to feel “the burn,” is acid reflux to blame or GERD? Further, what can you do about it?