Latest Articles by Gastroenterology Associates

Watch Out for These Colorectal Cancer Symptoms

Colorectal cancer symptoms include sudden changes in bowel movements, persistent abdominal pain and unexplained weight loss, among others.
April 15, 2019

Colorectal cancer (CRC), also called colon cancer, occurs in the last two parts of the digestive tract: the large intestine, or colon, and rectum. Symptoms of colorectal cancer include persistent abdominal pain, changes in bowel habits, and blood in the stool.

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Colorectal Cancer Stages

Colorectal cancer can advance through five distinct stages, labeled 0 to 4, increasing in numerical value with the severity and spread of the disease.
March 15, 2019

When a patient is diagnosed with colorectal cancer, one of the first questions they’ll want to be answered is: “What stage is it?” Stages of colon cancer, like most others involving a tumor, are broken down into five groups, labeled 0 to 4. The numbers increase with the severity of the disease.

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Eating With Celiac Disease

Those living with celiac disease must refrain from consuming foods containing gluten, wheat, barley and rye, but can enjoy meat and poultry, fish and seafood, tofu, dairy, fruits, vegetables, beans, legumes, nuts, and more.
February 21, 2019

People with celiac disease must maintain diets completely devoid of gluten to avoid aggravating symptoms that damage the bowel. A diagnosis may seem severely limiting, with an endless sea of "no"—no bread, no pasta, no beer—but with some nutritional guidance, celiac patients can enjoy delicious meals with the same confidence the unafflicted may take for granted.

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Ulcerative Colitis 101

Ulcerative colitis is a form of inflammatory bowel disease that is similar to Crohn's disease. Symptoms include, but are not limited to, diarrhea, weight loss, abdominal pain, and rectal bleeding.
February 06, 2019

Ulcerative colitis (UC) is one of two common forms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The other is Crohn's disease. Both are chronic conditions—there is no cure for IBD—with some important differences. While Crohn's may affect any portion of the gastroinstestinal tract, for example, ulcerative colitis tends to only impact the innermost lining of the colon (large intestine) and rectum.

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What Are the Symptoms of Crohn's Disease?

Symptoms of Crohn's disease include abdominal pain/cramping, unexplained weight loss, fatigue, and diarrhea, among others.
January 23, 2019

Crohn's disease is a chronic inflammatory gastrointestinal condition, and one of the two most common forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease, or IBD. The other is ulcerative colitis. First described by Dr. Burrill B. Crohn in 1932, Crohn’s disease can affect any part of the digestive tract, from the mouth to the anus, whereas ulcerative colitis strictly impacts the colon.

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Do You Have IBS? (Quiz)

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) affects roughly 10% of Americans. Symptoms include but are not limited to abdominal pain, nausea, cramping, persistent bloating, diarrhea and/or constipation. Take this three-question quiz to determine whether or not you may be dealing with an undiagnosed case of IBS.
November 27, 2018

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a functional gastrointestinal disorder (FGID) associated with varying triggers, including stress, depression, anxiety, or previous intestinal infection. Approximately 10% of people suffer from IBS, making it the most common FGID.

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6 Signs You Need to See a Gastroenterologist

Abnormal bowel movements, rectal bleeding, frequent heartburn, abdominal pain/bloating, trouble swallowing, and 50+ years of age are all triggers for scheduling a consultation with a gastroenterologist.
October 03, 2018

You may be instructed to visit a gastroenterologist, a digestive diseases specialist, if you are experiencing symptoms such as abnormal bowel movements, rectal bleeding, frequent heartburn, abdominal pain, bloating, trouble swallowing, or are of age to begin regularly screening for colorectal cancer.

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7 Proactive Steps Toward a Safer Colon

Sure, there are environmental and even genetic factors that help determine whether or not someone will develop a disease of the colon, but there are plenty of lifestyle choices to help minimize the risk, too. Here are seven proactive steps you can take to help improve your colorectal health.
August 28, 2018

Your colon is an integral part of your digestive system. This year, an estimated 97,220 people in the United States will be diagnosed with colon cancer, also known as colorectal cancer.

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