In May of this year we had the privilege of listening to Dr. Kyle Cologne speak on the topic of GI Bleeding and Colorectal Disorders. This was part of our series entitled Transfusion-free Surgery: From a Surgeon’s Perspective. Attendees were educated on the importance of paying attention to their body when it comes to regularity of “restroom visits” and what comes out! Dr. Cologne also emphasized the importance of regular screenings especially after age 50 and more importantly if there is a family history of colorectal disorders or cancer. Other factors that can increase the risk of disorders or cancer include smoking, excessive alcohol use, obesity, physical inactivity and one’s diet. Colorectal cancer is the third most common type of cancer in both men and women. It is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States.
Talking about your “poop” and colon are taboo topics for many but paying attention to one’s body and having regular screenings can save your life. Like one audience member commented “a clean colon is a happy colon.”
Stay tuned for information about our next community seminar in the series “Transfusion-free Surgery: From a Surgeon’s Perspective” taking place in the month of December 2015.