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Increase in Colon Cancer Predicted Due to COVID-19

  There has been a decline in cancer deaths in the last two decades, but physicians are worried that the coronavirus pandemic will undo this progress. Their fears are not without foundation. In 2020, there was an abrupt drop between 86% and 94% in preventive cancer screenings performed nationwide, compared to the equivalent weeks from 2017-2019. Specifically speaking about colon cancer, most centers halted screenings in March, which caused a decrease of 86% in preventive colonoscopies compared with the same period in previous years.  (more…)

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COVID-19 Vaccines – You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers!

We understand that you may have concerns about getting the COVID-19 vaccine. We wanted to provide information to our patients and answer questions you may have about it. Given there are so many opinions on the internet, we recommend that you limit your information to reputable medical organizations and the CDC. You can also always ask your doctor if you have additional questions or concerns. Below you will find a list of common questions with explanations that follow. Thank you for your interest! (more…)

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Colon Cancer in the African American Population

The tragic passing of Chadwick Boseman at the age of 43 was shocking to many. It was difficult to imagine that a man, who was the picture of health and youth, could die from colon cancer. It has brought many questions regarding colon cancer in both the young and also in the African-American population. Unfortunately, colon cancer in the young and the African American population is not a new occurrence. When speaking of cancers in general, African-Americans have a higher known incidence of prostate, breast, and colorectal cancer. African-Americans have the highest death rate and the shortest survival of any racial-ethnic group in the United States for most cancers. Black men also have the highest cancer incidence rate. (more…)

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Dr. Christopher Jue Named Fellow of the AGA

We are happy to announce that on February 1st, 2021 Dr. Christopher Jue was named Fellow of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA), the nation’s oldest, and most prestigious medical society dedicated to disorders of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Through the fellowship program, AGA honors superior professional achievement in clinical, private, or academic practice and in basic or clinical research. Fellowships are awarded to AGA members whose accomplishments and contributions demonstrate a personal commitment to the field of gastroenterology. (more…)

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Young-Onset Colon Cancer Is On the Rise

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States. It is one of the most lethal cancers in the United States. Over the last several decades, the overall rates of colorectal cancer have decreased. This is mostly due to increased screening and broader awareness. However, the rate of colorectal cancer in patients under 50 has actually increased, anywhere from 3-8%! Now, 10% of colon cancers are diagnosed in patients under 50. (more…)

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Dr. Dhyan Rajan Selected as a TopDoc

We are happy to announce that Dr. Dhyan Rajan was selected as a Top Doc through FindaTopDoc.com. FindaTopDoc is a digital health information company that helps connect patients with local physicians and specialists who accept our insurance. Their goal is to help guide patients on their journey towards optimal health by providing them with the know-how to make informed decisions for patients and their families. (more…)

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Pancreatic Cancer With Dr. Akdamar

Pancreatic Cancer is on the top of everyone’s mind, with the unfortunate passing of Alex Trebek, the long-time host of Jeopardy. Dr. Murat Akdamar saw it essential to provide more information on this disease. In the videos below, he tackles the most common questions about pancreatic cancer. (more…)

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IBD Is No Fun

IBD stands for inflammatory bowel disease. It involves chronic inflammation of all or part of your digestive tract. Two primary conditions we see patients for are ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. Ulcerative colitis causes long-lasting inflammation and sores, or ulcers, in the innermost lining of your colon and rectum. Crohn’s disease causes inflammation of the digestive tract lining and this inflammation often spreads deep into affected tissues. (more…)

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The Real Facts on Diarrhea

“Diarrhea” may be one of the most misused terms by patients, second only to “migraines.” Patients will often complain of “diarrhea” when the stool is not as formed or when there is an increased frequency of bowel movements. When medical professionals are using the term diarrhea, they are referring to the liquid stool, which may be related to an increase in bowel frequency. It is an excess of stool water. Diarrhea is a symptom and not a disease. There are abundant diseases that are manifested as diarrhea. (more…)

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Constipation: An Uncomfortable but Important Topic

Bowel movements are not always a comfortable topic to discuss, but it is important to address and understand it. I often say that constipation is rarely life-threatening, but does quite frequently interfere with the quality of your life. Did you know that about 16% of adults overall and 33% of adults over the age of 60 suffer from constipation? Since it is such a common issue for many patients, let’s start by first understanding what constipation is and isn’t. (more…)

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