Answers To Common GI Questions

When dealing with gastrointestinal problems, it is common to have questions. Even during a typical cancer screening, patients want to be informed of the details. At Gastroenterology of West Central Ohio, we never leave our patients in the dark about available treatment options. That's why we've compiled a list of some of our patients' most frequently asked questions.

What is a common age to develop colon cancer?

Studies prove that colorectal cancer can occur at any age, but it is more common in people who are 50 and older.

What are polyps?

Polyps are an abnormal growth that protrudes into the inner wall of the rectum or colon. Polyps typically become more common in patients older than 50. Most of the time, they are noncancerous. The early detection and removal of cancerous polyps gives patients the highest survival rate.

What role does personal history play in developing bowel cancer?

Personal history can play a large role in determining what will be uncovered during the screening process for bowel cancer. Previous cancer patients are at a higher risk of developing it again. Women who have had breast, ovarian or uterine cancer are also at a higher risk. These individuals should take all symptoms of rectal bleeding and abdominal pain seriously and be sure to schedule a screening as soon as possible.

Can diet help both digestive and liver problems?

Yes. Both gastroenterologists and hepatologists state that, according to research, the development of certain problems can be avoided or can occur less often in people with good diets. For example, bowel cancer is more common in people who eat low amounts of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Likewise, diets high in red meat are associated with this type of cancer.