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What is a colonoscopy and do I need one?

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Investigating digestive disorders or bowel conditions sometimes requires a closer look at what’s going on internally with a procedure called a colonoscopy – where a thin, flexible tube with a telescopic camera at the end is carefully inserted into the colon (also known as the large intestine/bowel) via the rectum.  Here are 3 key examples Read More

5 bowel cancer warning signs you should never ignore

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Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK, with more than 41,000 people diagnosed every year. The good news is, bowel cancer, also known as colorectal cancer, is treatable and survival rates are very high if the disease is caught early. So it’s important to be aware of the symptoms, especially for Read More

The History and Future of Colonoscopy

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“A quantum advance in abdominal surgery.” – Dr. Francis Moore When were colonoscopies first performed? Modern day colonoscopies were first performed in 1969 when the procedure was a revolutionary one. Developing and perfecting the colonoscopy took time and medical professionals met with many difficulties in the beginning. Dr. William I. Wolff and his colleague, Dr. Read More

Diet and Colon Cancer: Are You at Risk?

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There is strong evidence to suggest that certain foods can increase your risk of being diagnosed with colon cancer in your lifetime. A healthy, balanced diet is extremely important for your general health, but this is even more the case when it comes to life-threatening diseases such as cancer

The best approach to infliximab use in Crohn’s disease

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Many people with Crohn’s disease now use infliximab to keep their illness under control. It is now widely recognised that this is a better approach than using steroids to induce remission. Steroids such as prednisolone cannot be used long-term as they have extensive side-effects. Although infliximab does have some long-term side-effects, these are unusual and Read More