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Posts for: August, 2020

By Queens Boulevard ASC
August 07, 2020
Category: GI Care

Anyone can develop colon cancer. Do you know the signs?

Does colon cancer run in your family? Are you experiencing changes in your bowels that don’t seem to be going away? There are many reasons people may want to learn more about colon cancer’s early symptoms and warning signs so that they know whether it’s time to schedule a colonoscopy with one of our Rego Park, NY, gastroenterologists.

Don’t Wait Until You Experience Symptoms

It’s important to note that you shouldn’t just want until GI symptoms plague you before getting a colonoscopy from our Rego Park, NY, doctors. In fact, a colonoscopy is the most effective screening tool we have for both preventing and catching colorectal cancer early on when it’s curable.

The issue here is that many people don’t experience symptoms of colon cancer until it’s progressed, which is why both men and women should get regular colonoscopies (even if they aren’t experiencing symptoms) by the time they turn 50 years old. Those who are at an increased risk for colon cancer may want to talk with us about whether they could benefit from early screenings before age 50.

Warning Signs and Symptoms of Colon Cancer

Of course, it is still important to recognize when recurring or seemingly innocuous intestinal symptoms could actually be a sign of something more. Some of the early signs of colon cancer include sudden and unexpected weight loss along with extremely narrow stools. You may also notice,

  • Rectal bleeding or blood in the stool
  • Feeling as if you haven’t fully emptied your bowels even after using the bathroom
  • Anemia
  • Recurring abdominal pain

As the cancer progresses you may begin to notice other symptoms including,

  • Chronic diarrhea or constipation (or alternating symptoms)
  • Abdominal pain and bloating
  • Cramping
  • Loose or watery stools
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Jaundice
  • Nausea

It’s important to recognize that these symptoms can also be signed of other gastrointestinal problems including inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) or hemorrhoids; however, it’s just as important that you speak with your gastroenterologist if you are noticing these warning signs of colorectal cancer.

If you need to schedule your next routine colonoscopy at our Rego Park, NY, practice please call Queens Boulevard Endoscopy Center today at (718) 406-8000. Getting regular colonoscopies by the time you turn 50 years old could just save your life.


By Queens Boulevard ASC
August 03, 2020
Category: Gastroenterology
Tags: Diverticulitis  

What is Diverticulosis?

Diverticulosis is a condition that causes inflammation of the small pouches (diverticula) that form in the lining of your lower gastrointestinal tract (typically in the large intestine). Diverticula are common in people over the age of 40 and seldom cause problems. When they do become inflamed, they can have a negative impact on your normal bowel movements and cause fever, nausea, and severe abdominal pain. The specialist team at Queens Boulevard Endoscopy Center in New York’s Rego Park can diagnose and treat diverticulosis.

Signs and Symptoms of Diverticulitis

Rego Park residents may be suffering from diverticulitis if they notice the following signs or symptoms:

  • Persistent abdominal pain, particularly in the lower left side of the abdomen
  • Fever
  • Tenderness in the abdominal region
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Constipation

You should consult a physician if you are experiencing any of these symptoms, particularly if they are accompanied by a fever.

What Causes Diverticulitis?

Diverticulitis may occur if you have weak spots in your colon that collapse under pressure. This causes the small pouches to bulge out through the wall of your large intestine. This causes inflammation and can lead to infection.

What are the Risk Factors for Diverticulitis?

Factors that may increase your risk of diverticulitis include:

  • Smoking cigarettes
  • Aging
  • Overweight or obesity
  • A sedentary lifestyle
  • A diet that is low in fiber and high in animal fat
  • Certain medications

Diverticulitis Treatment

If your symptoms are mild you can use relaxation techniques, a heating pad, and over the counter pain medications to ease the discomfort. If your symptoms persist or the condition is severe, your doctor will prescribe a course of antibiotics. You should complete the course even if your symptoms start to resolve.

If you’re a Rego Park resident and you would like to find out more about diverticulosis, call Queens Boulevard Endoscopy Center on (718) 406-8000 to schedule a consultation.




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