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2017 Colon Cancer Awareness

“Each March we are reminded of promoting the importance of getting screened for colon cancer. Last year I focused my Colon Cancer awareness message on some of the important colon cancer facts and described who should be screened as well. For 2017, I’ll discuss how you can lower your risk of colon cancer, higher incidence rates in younger generations and describe a few of the pros/cons of the more popular screening exams. By promoting awareness for early screening of colon cancer, we can help to SAVE LIVES!”

Kenneth Brown, MD

Lower Your Risk of Colon Cancer

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By |March 5th, 2017|colon cancer, colonoscopy|0 Comments

Blood in Toilet – Should I see a Doctor?

Since I’ve received so many questions on my previous blog article on having blood in stool or toilet, I have decided to provide an updated blog post on this topic and answer some the more frequent questions and provide further detail on some related topics as well. I know that most writers format their content with the conclusion at the end, but I thought I would save people some time and give you the bottom line answer regarding rectal bleeding at the onset.

What do I do if I experience Rectal Bleeding?

Since all bleeding is abnormal, you need to be evaluated by a medical professional if you experience rectal bleeding. It doesn’t matter […]

By |May 23rd, 2016|Rectal Bleeding|0 Comments

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

IBS Awareness

In April 2012, I wrote a blog article titled “IBS – Is it really all BS?”. I provided an overview of three schools of thought on treating IBS at that time. Fast forward to 2016 and there have been significant changes in how many look at IBS and how to treat its symptoms that I think should be discussed. I’m convinced that the predominant cause of IBS symptoms for most is small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) and not in the patients head as many believe. I’ll elaborate more on SIBO treatment options in the IBS Treatments section below.

With April being IBS Awareness month and a lot changing relative to the field of IBS and my involvement, I felt […]

By |April 18th, 2016|Bloating, IBS, SIBO|0 Comments

2016 Colon Cancer Awareness

With March being colon cancer awareness month, I wanted to help promote the awareness of the importance of colon cancer screening. As a gastroenterologist in Plano, TX my staff and I continually educate patients on how critical it is to follow the suggested colon cancer-screening schedule provided by the American College of Gastroenterology. With early screening and testing, colon cancer is Preventable, Treatable & Beatable!

Kenneth Brown, M.D.

Who should be screened for Colon Cancer in Plano, TX?

An appointment should be made with your gastroenterologist for a colon cancer screening if you are 50 years of age or older, then you should schedule a colon screen every five years in order to ensure early […]

By |March 1st, 2016|colon cancer, colonoscopy|0 Comments

Atrantil – Can it help Your Bloating and Abdominal Discomfort?

What is Atrantil?

Atrantil is a nutraceutical developed to relieve the symptoms of bloating, abdominal discomfort and in some instances constipation.  As a gastroenterologist in Plano TX, I see several people every day that suffer from these frustrating symptoms.  Unfortunately, there is not a treatment available that I can recommend to patients that will treat these symptoms at their source.

What makes Atrantil unique is that it focuses on the bad bacteria that can gather in the gut. By eliminating the bad bacteria in the gut, Atrantil is able to effectively return the digestive environmnet […]

By |June 17th, 2015|Bloating, IBS, SIBO|44 Comments

What Is SIBO?

Small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is a condition of the small intestine where abnormally large amounts of bacteria are present.  The small intestine (or small bowel) is the longest part of your digestive system and is made up of 3 sections – duodenum, jejunum and ileum.  The duodenum receives partially digested food from the stomach and this is where most of the chemical digestion of food takes place.  Both the jejunum and ileum function to continue digestion and move food into the large intestine.

Your small intestine should be nearly sterile.  However, when SIBO occurs your small intestine has large amounts of different types of bacteria that are typically found in the colon.  These different types of bacteria slow down the […]

By |May 17th, 2015|Bloating, IBS, SIBO|4 Comments

Colon Cancer Awareness March 2015

Colon Cancer Awareness 2015

March is just around the corner and with it comes Colon Cancer Awareness Month. Colorectal cancer, which is cancer of the colon or rectum, is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. However, if caught early enough it is one of the most treatable forms of cancer. The key is to get screened at the recommended age or earlier if recommended by your doctor.

If we do a better job of educating others on the risk factors, symptoms and the effectiveness of colon cancer screenings then we can reduce the fatality rate this deadly disease causes in 2015 and beyond.

Throughout the month of […]

By |February 23rd, 2015|colon cancer, colonoscopy|0 Comments

Can a Donut cause Colon Cancer?

According to the National Cancer Institute, colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. One theory as to why is that we consume a diet high in carbohydrates. Understanding how a high carbohydrate diet could cause colon cancer has been unclear. However, a recent study published in the journal of Cell attributes this claim to the possibility that gut microbes metabolize carbohydrates we eat, and cause intestinal cells to proliferate and form tumors in mice. You can learn more about the causes, symptoms, risk factors and treatments of this cancer here – colon cancer information.

Gut Microbes may play a role in […]

By |July 22nd, 2014|colon cancer, colonoscopy|0 Comments

Colon Cancer – Is there a Cure in Plano TX?

With March being colon cancer awareness month, I wanted to re-emphasize the importance of spreading the Awareness of this potentially deadly but preventable cancer to my blog followers and those in the Plano/Frisco TX area.  Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. and it’s important that we continually spread the message that we have the CURE – get screened!

You just need to follow the colon cancer screening guidelines provided by the American College of Gastroenterology to determine when you should get this preventative cancer screening.  Be aware of those factors where you may need a colonoscopy sooner,  like family history, ethnicity […]

By |March 3rd, 2014|colon cancer, colonoscopy|0 Comments

Free Colon Screening Program in North Texas

The Digestive Health Associates of Texas and North Texas Endoscopy Centers have teamed up to offer a FREE colonoscopy to 50 uninsured individuals in North Texas. Colon cancer screening is a potentially life-saving procedure and I’m proud that my medical group and the centers are offering this great program. If you are uninsured or know someone that is I recommend that you view the video and click on the link below to get more information. Due to the high level of interest in this program and limited availability, I encourage you to enter right away!

Click this link to enter and get more information on the FREE colonoscopy progam – http://northtexasendo.com/freescreeningday

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By |December 13th, 2013|colon cancer, colonoscopy|0 Comments