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Updated Articles and Resources

By Julie Wilkinson, BSN, RN

    Updated Articles and Resources
    • How to Cleanse Your Colon...Safely Created: Friday, July 17, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      The right foods will safely cleanse your colon, so you can skip the potentially harmful herbal and colonic irrigation colon cleanses." itemprop="description">"description" Tuesday, July 21, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Bowel movement changes can be one of the symptoms of colon cancer, so don't ignore them if they last for more than a few weeks." itemprop="description">
    • Macrophages Created: Friday, July 17, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Definition of macrophages. Colon Cancer.
    • Minimally Invasive Bowel Surgery Created: Monday, March 31, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      Technological advances opened the doors to minimally invasive surgeries for colon cancer. Many surgeons already perform colectomies and bowel resections using a laparoscopic approach.
    • Incontinence of Stool Created: Monday, March 31, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      Incontinence of stool is largely underreported due to the embarrassing nature of the problem. However, treatment is based on the cause, and your incontinence may be reversible.
    • What Is Diarrhea? Created: Wednesday, July 22, 2009 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      Diarrhea can be a symptom of colon cancer, so if you regularly experience diarrhea with no apparent cause, talk to your doctor right away." itemprop="description" Tuesday, March 17, 2009 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      Lynch syndrome or hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer (HNPCC) increases the risk of developing colon and other cancers." itemprop="description">
    • Colon Cancer and Thin Stools Created: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014
      Bowel habit changes, such as thin or ribbon-like stools, may be a symptom of advanced colon cancer. Learn more about the causes of this symptom and how to recognize and report bowel habit changes."...
    • Basophils Created: Friday, July 17, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      This definition of basophils goes into its characteristics and functions. This is important to know when regarding your body's protection from diseases.
    • Diagnosis of Colon Cancer Created: Thursday, December 01, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      Making the leap from symptoms or a family history to a diagnosis requires tests to verify the presence of cancerous cells." itemprop="description"> itemprop="descri...
    • What are the Different Types of Colon Polyps? Created: Monday, July 13, 2009 Updated: Tuesday, April 08, 2014
      Colon polyps come in several types, which have various shapes and sizes. Learn about the different types of colon polyps so you know whether they increase your risk of colon cancer."
    • Symptoms of Colon Cancer Created: Thursday, December 01, 2011 Updated: Monday, April 07, 2014
      Learn about the symptoms related to colon cancer, including bowel habit or appetite changes, nausea, bloody stools and abdominal pain.
    • Are Thin Stools a Symptom of Colon Cancer? Created: Thursday, July 23, 2009 Updated: Saturday, April 05, 2014
      If you have thin stools, a possible sign of colon cancer, talk to your doctor so you can get to the bottom of this symptom." itemprop="description">...
    • Advice About Bright Red Blood in Stool Created: Thursday, December 15, 2011 Updated: Friday, April 04, 2014
      Blood in the stool is not a normal finding, and can be quite a scary experience. Learn about the causes, treatment and diagnosis of blood in the stool." itemprop="descriptit3'" --> itemprop="descri...
    • What Does Seeing Blood in Your Stools Mean? Created: Wednesday, July 22, 2009 Updated: Tuesday, April 01, 2014
      Understanding what causes blood in stools will help you gain control of your health and move forward to get to the bottom of this symptom." itemprop="description" Monday, March 31, 2014 Updated: Monday, March 31, 2014
      Symptoms of many bowel disorders are very similar to those of colon cancer. However, there are a number of things that can cause bowel problems, and most are treatable.
    • Preparing for a Proctectomy Created: Monday, March 31, 2014 Updated: Monday, March 31, 2014
      The surgery used to remove your rectum, and sometimes you anus, is called a proctectomy. This surgery is most often used to treat cancers of the rectum.
    • Cancer of the Small Intestine Created: Friday, February 28, 2014 Updated: Sunday, March 30, 2014
      Although rare, cancers of the small intestine share many similarities with colon cancer characteristics. Learn more about the symptoms and treatment of this cancer.
    • What Are Colon Cancer Symptoms? Created: Tuesday, February 10, 2009 Updated: Friday, March 28, 2014
      Colon cancer symptoms can run the gamut from local, such as blood in the stool and constipation, to systemic, such as weight loss and fatigue. Learn about the many different colon cancer symptoms a...
    • Flatulence Myths Created: Friday, February 28, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, March 04, 2014
      The average person farts at least 13 times per day. Passing gas does not signify cancer or a disease process. It is a normal human function.
    • Hair Chemicals and Chemotherapy Created: Friday, February 28, 2014 Updated: Friday, February 28, 2014
      Although there is no definitive study, it is generally concluded that hair color and permanents should be avoided during and after chemotherapy.
    • Decreasing Your Embarrassment from Colostomy Gas Created: Friday, February 28, 2014 Updated: Friday, February 28, 2014
      You don't have to suffer embarrassing colostomy odors. The majority of these problems are caused by an ill-fitting colostomy bag.
    • Can I Get a Colonoscopy Without Health Insurance? Created: Thursday, May 30, 2013 Updated: Thursday, February 27, 2014
      Many people mistakenly think that no health insurance equals no colonoscopy screening for colon cancer. Many organizations help provide low and no-cost screening. Learn if you qualify for this wellness exam.
    • Intimacy with a Colostomy Created: Friday, January 31, 2014 Updated: Monday, February 03, 2014
      A colostomy doesn't have to impact your sex life or your self image, but it will if you let it.
    • Can Chemo Make You Gain Weight? Created: Tuesday, December 31, 2013 Updated: Monday, February 03, 2014
      Chemotherapy and treatments for colon cancer rarely make you gain weight, but it is possible.
    • Can Bowel Surgery Cause Erectile Dysfunction? Created: Friday, January 31, 2014 Updated: Friday, January 31, 2014
      Discuss the potential for erectile dysfunction with your doctor before you schedule bowel surgery for colon cancer, especially if you are of child bearing age.
    • Thrush and Other Fungal Infections Created: Friday, January 31, 2014 Updated: Friday, January 31, 2014
      Thrush and other yeast infections can occur during your chemotherapy and radiation treatment for cancer. Although uncomfortable, these infections are usually easily treatable.
    • What are the Different Types of Bowel Surgery for Colon Cancer? Created: Friday, January 31, 2014 Updated: Friday, January 31, 2014
      Bowel surgery for colon cancer comes in many different shapes and forms. Learn more about resections, laparascopic surgeries, and even complete colectomies here.
    • PET Scans Created: Friday, April 20, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, January 22, 2014
      PET scans are frequently used to diagnose organ-specific diseases, such as problems in the heart or brain, and to find cancer (metastasis or recurrence) at the cellular level. Learn more about this non-invasive test and find out what to expect on test day.
    • Prolapsed Rectum and Bleeding Created: Tuesday, December 31, 2013 Updated: Friday, January 17, 2014
      Rectal bleeding can herald colon cancer, but occasionally you may find some blood on the tissue if you have a rectal prolapse.
    • How Long Do I Have, Doc? Created: Tuesday, December 31, 2013 Updated: Friday, January 03, 2014
      Survival rates and colon cancer statistics provide a general frame of reference for your specific stage and grade of cancer. Whether or not you choose to discuss them with your doctor is a personal choice.

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