By Dr. Laura Picciano
If you are 50 or older, please speak to your doctor about screening for colorectal cancer. Most patients are asymptomatic in the early stages of this malignancy, so the benefit of early detection is clearly valuable. There is also a focus at this time on Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis at the Cooper Digestive Health Institute. Though different in many regards, both of these diseases cause damaging inflammation to the intestines and put you at risk for colon cancer. Patients with either Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis can have abdominal pain and frequent bowel movements, and may even find blood in their stools. Both diseases are a complex mix of genetic, environmental and immune system causes. A discussion with your doctor is the first step in evaluation of these concerning symptoms. There is much we can do for you to keep you well, including medications, nutritional therapy and, in some cases, surgical intervention. Make that appointment today!
Laura Picciano, DO, is a board-certified internist and primary care physician who practices exclusively at the Ripa Center for Women’s Health and Wellness at Cooper in Voorhees, NJ. Educated at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, she is a member of the American Osteopathic Association and the American College of Osteopathic Internists. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Picciano, please call the Ripa Center at 856.673.4912.