What Is the Difference Between a Screening vs. Diagnostic Colonoscopy?

Cancer of the colon affects the lives of millions of patients every year. When detected early, colon cancer can generally be treated effectively, offering a high survival rate. Having routine colorectal cancer tests allows physicians to look for premalignant growths in the large intestine (colon) and rectum, and evaluate for any changes should a patient’s… Read more »

Learn Why EOY Is a Great Time To Have a Colonoscopy

A lot of people wince at the thought of getting a colonoscopy screening. But did you know that when you obtain an initial colonoscopy, if it reveals normal results, you will not have to undergo the procedure for another ten years? That is a complete decade colonoscopy-free. Undergoing a colonoscopy exam may not be first… Read more »

Who Should Get an Initial Colonoscopy Screening?

One of the most effective tools for protecting against or detecting colorectal cancer as early as possible is undergoing periodic colon and rectal screenings. Unfortunately, around half of adults who are eligible have not completed their first colonoscopy screening. Per the American Cancer Society (ACS), those with an average risk of developing colon or rectal… Read more »

What Women Should Know About Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer is the second-highest cause of cancer-related deaths among women, behind breast cancer. Making up the longest part of the digestive tract, or the large intestine, the colon draws nutrients and water from food that has passed through the small bowel. The end segment of the large intestine is known as the rectum. At… Read more »

Top GI Problems Affecting Men (Men’s Health Month)

Men in general tend to have less sensitive guts than women; however, women are more likely to visit a doctor when they are sick and therefore have better health & greater life expectancy. The reason for this could be that men are less aware of their symptoms or are unwilling to acknowledge they have health… Read more »

The Good News About Colon Cancer

With significant advances in medical science, the number of deaths caused due to colon cancer has been declining over the past several decades. In the past year, the number of colon cancer related deaths in the US was down to approximately 50,260. It is estimated there are 1 million plus survivors of this disease in… Read more »

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

It’s Preventable. It’s Treatable. It’s Easy to Detect. What You Need to Know About Colorectal Cancer It’s PREVENTABLE. Colon and rectal cancer can often be prevented with proper screening, such as a colonoscopy. The earlier the cancer is found, the better chance the person has to beat it. That is why early detection is so… Read more »

When Should I Get a Colon Cancer Screening?

Colon Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death. However, there are effective ways to prevent the disease or to reduce its impact. An easy way to ensure you are safe from colon cancer? Schedule your screening colonoscopy today with GI Alliance.  What Age Should I a Colonoscopy? In the most recent guidelines, The… Read more »

The Cold Hard Facts About Colon Cancer

Each year in the United States, nearly 150,000 people are diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and over 50,000 die from the disease. It is the second leading cause of cancer death, but there are effective ways to prevent the disease or to reduce its impact. What, Exactly, is Colorectal Cancer? The colon and rectum connect the… Read more »

How Has The Incidence Of Colon Cancer Changed Over Time?

Colon, or colorectal cancer, is cancer of the large intestine or rectum. Colorectal cancer is the third most common type of cancer for both men and women in the United States – the lifetime risk for developing the condition is around 5%. However, there is a lot of good news in the field as well. Colon cancer… Read more »

How Race Affects A Colorectal Cancer Diagnosis

When issues of health and wellness are presented, clearly delineated differences between groups of individuals diagnosed with and surviving cancer are apparent.  Why would one group of individuals fare better than others in avoiding a cancer diagnosis?  How are some patients, who have been diagnosed with colorectal cancer, better able to make it to the… Read more »

What Is A Colonoscopy?

A colonoscopy is a medical test used to screen for colon cancer and other bowel issues. During a colonoscopy, a camera is used to view the inner lining of your large intestine and rectum. Colonoscopies should be performed routinely in a number of populations, as we’ll explore below. The Basics To perform a colonoscopy, your doctor will… Read more »

What Do I Need To Know About Colon Cancer?

Colon cancer is a leading cause of cancer and of cancer deaths. It is the third leading cause of deaths in the US and the 2nd leading cause of cancer deaths.  This doesn’t have to be the case.  With proper screening and early detection, colon cancer is 90% preventable.  It’s important to have a basic understanding of colorectal… Read more »

Colonoscopies In Baton Rouge

In the fight against colorectal cancer, the colonoscopy is one of the most valuable tools. Although colonoscopies only need to be performed every once in a while, they prove to be extremely useful for detecting and preventing colon cancer.   Colonoscopies, unfortunately, carry a bit of a social stigma for being embarrassing or possibly painful.  Many… Read more »

Colon Cancer Symptoms

Colon cancer, also known as colorectal cancer, is one of the most common types of cancer in the United States. It’s important to be attuned to symptoms that could indicate colon cancer. However, the condition is notorious for being asymptomatic. Potential Symptoms In some cases, patients with colorectal cancer start to experience symptoms. Possible symptoms… Read more »

New Study Ties Prolonged Sitting To Increased Risk Of Colon Cancers

A new study from the University of Regensburg in Germany found that people who spend most of their time sitting down have an increased risk for numerous cancers, including colon cancer. Previous studies have also linked sitting to health problems such as heart disease, high blood sugar, blood clots, and obesity. The study looked at the results… Read more »

How Do Polyps Play Into Colon Cancer?

Colon polyps are noncancerous growths in the lining of the colon or rectum. Although polyps are not cancerous in and of themselves, they can become cancerous later on. Screening for colon polyps can help prevent the development of colon cancer, by allowing their removal before they turn into cancer. Colon Polyps Can Become Cancerous On… Read more »

Prediabetes/Insulin Resistance And Colon Cancer Linked

Prediabetes, a state of elevated blood sugar that can lead to diabetes as time goes on, is most obviously associated with an increased risk of developing diabetes. However, there are a number of other conditions that prediabetic patients are at an elevated risk of developing, including colon cancer. Given the health consequences of prediabetes, it… Read more »

Why I Don’t Want A Colonoscopy, Part III

This is part of a series of 3 blog posts whereby a family member (FM) of a patient is having a discussion on colonoscopy and colon cancer screening with a gastroenterologist (D).  Many individuals find reasons to put off their recommended colon cancer screening. Many of these objections to screening are addressed in this series.  If you… Read more »

Why I Don’t Want A Colonoscopy, Part I

This is part of a series of 3 blog posts whereby a family member of a patient and a gastroenterologist are having a discussion on colonoscopy and colon cancer screening.  Many individuals find reasons to put off their recommended colon cancer screening. Here, we address those objections.  If you know someone who is resisting having… Read more »

Who Does Colonoscopy In Baton Rouge?

Getting a colonoscopy is one of the most important things older adults 50 years and above can do to prevent colon cancer and ensure early treatment if colon cancer does develop. Gastroenterology Associates understands the importance of having a skilled, experienced gastroenterologist perform a colonoscopy, which is why we work to provide the most expert… Read more »

Deductible Met? Schedule Your Colonoscopy Screening Today

As the end of the year approaches, many people have met their insurance deductible so that full insurance coverage kicks in for elective procedures. This makes it a great time to schedule medical care that is not immediately necessary. What Medical Procedures Should I Schedule After Hitting Deductible? Seeking medical care for conditions that are… Read more »

Colon Cancer Screening For Millennials In Baton Rouge

It’s that time of year again—Colon Cancer Awareness Month. Over the years, we’ve talked about the prevalence of colon cancer among adults over 50, as well as how diabetes, race, polyps, and other genetic factors can increase the risk of colon cancer. But now, it’s time to talk about a startling new demographic at risk—millennials. New research has shown that… Read more »

3 Types Of Screenings Performed By Gastroenterologists

When you are struggling with digestive difficulties or have reached an age when recommended screenings such as colonoscopies should begin, it’s time to include a gastroenterologist in your health care team. The training of a gastroenterologist is very specific and unique, including training in specialized gastrointestinal procedures.  This allows them to provide high quality, comprehensive… Read more »

What Are The Symptoms Of Colon Cancer?

You’ve heard that colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death and the third most common cause of cancer. It is most common in older people, but cases among younger adults are becoming more common. And even if you’ve had the screening recommended by your doctor, you still wonder, “What if I get… Read more »

Body Weight & Exercise: Impacts On Colon Cancer Diagnosis

Exercise and Colon Cancer A growing body of research is supporting the idea that the risk of colorectal cancer has significant ties to body weight and exercise. The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute released the results of a decades-long study of over 100,000 women and 45,000 men. The men and women responded to biannual questionnaires regarding their physical health,… Read more »

Do Hemorrhoids Lead To Cancer?

No. Hemorrhoids do not lead to cancer.  However, the primary indication to many people that they may be suffering from hemorrhoids is blood in the stool, on the toilet paper, or in the toilet bowl after a bowel movement.  Writing off this symptom as hemorrhoids without consultation from a gastroenterologist, who specializes in the study… Read more »

Aspirin And Colorectal Cancer

Aspirin has gained a great deal of attention as a multipurpose medication. The analgesic, antipyretic, and anti-inflammatory properties of this substance have been used for centuries to treat a number of symptoms. It is a part of a group of medications known as NSAIDs, or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, which also includes ibuprofen, Celebrex, naproxen. Uses for… Read more »

3 Benefits of a Colonoscopy You Need to Know About

Once you reach a certain age, your doctor will most likely recommend a colonoscopy. This test is not only important for diagnosing colon cancer, but it is also an essential element in the efficient and effective treatment of cancer and other disorders related to your colon, rectum and digestive system. Here are a few benefits… Read more »