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.
In 2011, the CDC reported that 1 in 12 people in the US (approximately 25 million) have asthma , with the numbers rising every year. Can you imagine, then, how many people have chronic asthma in 2017?
Many people develop the disease as children. From then on they experience episodes of shortness of breath, chest tightening, coughing fits and wheezing. During asthma attacks, the airways leading to the lungs constrict, preventing enough air from passing in and out. Additionally, the body produces extra mucus, clogging the airways even more.Needless to say, it can be a challenge for children and adults alike to live with this condition. Yet, you’ll be happy to know that it is manageable and doesn’t have to stop you from living a full, happy and healthy life. What are some things you can do to keep your asthma under wraps instead of it keeping you under wraps?
When most people hear that word arthritis, they immediately associate it with adults — especially older individuals. While the Arthritis Foundation does report that close to 50% of people over age 65 do have some form of arthritis , many younger individuals are also living with it.
In fact, two-thirds of those diagnosed are under age 65. You might be surprised to know that some 300,000 children of varying ages are a part of this group! The month of July is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness month.The purpose is to educate parents and others on this painful condition and help them to support children who bravely battle it each day. Why not test your current knowledge on this important subject?
When summer rolls around, most people are inevitably exposed to more sun whether they lay out and tan or not. It’s been long since confirmed that the use of tanning beds and prolonged exposure to the sun, especially without any sun protection, can have detrimental effects.
This might leave you wondering how you can avoid these issues, yet still have healthy, glowing skin all summer long. Let’s consider some do’s and don’ts that will be a major help.