Cancer, Gastroenterology, News

Gastrointestinal (GI) cancers are common and treatable — here’s what you need to know

Gastrointestinal (GI) cancer can develop anywhere along the digestive tract, which runs about 25 feet through the body from the mouth to the anus. Many GI cancers are easily treated if found early, which is why regular testing is important. Types of gastrointestinal cancer The types of GI cancer are different, based on where the…

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Cancer, Gastroenterology, Leukemia, Lymphoma, Multiple Sclerosis, Neurosciences, Patient stories - Norton Healthcare

Louisville man finds sophisticated and successful cancer care close to home

On the morning of March 12, 2019, I was still in a surgical gown and groggy after a colonoscopy when gastroenterologist William B. Evans, III, M.D., walked into the recovery room to deliver news I didn’t quite know what to do with. I still remember his words: “The good news is that I didn’t see…

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Cancer, Gastroenterology, Prevention and Wellness

Colon cancer: Should you be screened?

Colorectal cancer is the fourth-leading cancer killer of adults in the U.S. It also is one of the most preventable cancers and very treatable when caught early. By understanding when to get your screening, along with your personal risk factors, you can learn how to reduce your risk. Prevention is key Routine screenings are the…

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Cancer, Colon Cancer, Colonoscopy, Gastroenterology, Prevention and Wellness

Colonoscopy prep options: They’ve gotten easier

Maybe you’ve heard a story that you’ll have to drink some kind of awful-tasting liquid, and then you’ll be in the bathroom all day and night. Maybe you’re afraid colonoscopy prep will be so bad you’ll feel sick. Whatever rumors you’ve heard, the truth is that colonoscopy prep options have gotten much easier in recent years,…

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Cancer, Colon Cancer, Gastroenterology, Prevention and Wellness

African Americans at higher risk for colorectal cancers, but screenings lag

According to the American Cancer Society, African Americans have the highest rate of death and the shortest rate of survival for colorectal cancer. In fact, African Americans are 40% more likely than other groups to die from colon cancers, and 20% more likely to get colon cancer in general. When detected early with proper screening,…

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Colonoscopy, Employee stories - Norton Healthcare, Gastroenterology

Alison Sharpe, D.O.: A relationship approach to gastroenterology

Gastroenterologist Alison Sharpe, D.O., is the first to acknowledge her approach to medicine may sound a little corny, but she is sincere. She wants to treat every patient the way she’d treat a member of her own family. “So many of the gastrointestinal conditions may not be life-threatening, but they can be extremely life- altering,”…

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Cancer, Colon Cancer, Colonoscopy, Gastroenterology, Patient stories - Norton Healthcare

Weekend colonoscopy might have saved the life of family man and car buff

Steven Michael Kane will never forget June 23, 2018. It was a Saturday. Mike, as family and friends know him, was getting a screening colonoscopy. He felt great and had no reason to worry, or so he thought. “That test saved my life,” he said. “My doctor told me later if I had waited another…

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Gastroenterology, News

Struggling with your skinny jeans?

Gas in the car: Great! Gas in the belly: Not so great! Bloating. That swollen, distended belly that can feel very uncomfortable and cause your clothes not to fit properly. One cause of bloating may be  excess gas.  Is there a way to get rid of it, or stop it from happening in the first…

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Cancer, Gastroenterology, Prevention and Wellness

Can an aspirin a day keep cancer away?

For a small, inexpensive, readily available pill that originally came from tree bark and traces its roots to ancient Greece, aspirin remains a modern-day marvel. You may be one of millions of people who take a low-dose aspirin daily to help guard against heart disease, and now there’s even better news: This humble nonprescription drug…

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