1. Hurting From Hemorrhoids

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    Most people would rather not think about rectal bleeding. Many tend to shrug off an incident as a case of hemorrhoids, but it could be the sign of a deeper problem. “We see a lot of people in our office for rectal bleeding and bright red blood on the tissue paper and toilet. Sometimes it can be accompanied by rectum pain. A lot of people think ‘oh it’s just hemorrhoids’ and that’s not always the case,” says Dr. Jeffrey Neale, colorectal surgeon on Lee Memorial Health System’s medical staff. Hemorrhoids are swollen veins that can turn bowel movements into intensely painful experiences. While 75% of people will have at least one occurrence, other conditions present this way too, including clotted hemorrhoids and fissures. “In the office we would do a full body exam and then specifically look around for the rectal area and make sure there’s no abnormalities. And then they would undergo a digital rectal exam to make sure there’s no obvious masses inside the anal canal,” says Neale. The most important thing to rule out is cancer. Colorectal screening generally begins at age 50, but if someone is experiencing symptoms such as bleeding, doctors recommend a colonoscopy. “If they present with painless bleeding and there’s nothing seen on the outside of that area, then we are concerned about internal hemorrhoids or polyps or definitely cancer,” says Dr. Neale. Tests may well confirm hemorrhoids. Understanding the cause of your bleeding should give you a measure of relief. View More Health Matters video segments at leememorial.org/healthmatters/ Lee Memorial Health System in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of medical care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For nearly a century, we’ve been providing our community with everything from primary care treatment to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries. Visit leememorial.org

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    • 12-16.4 The Caring Way, v9

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      Colon cancer is the second leading cause of death among Native American people. Most colon cancer can be prevented with early screening. Community members from the Ramah Navajo, Ute Mountain Ute, and Jicarilla Apache tribes encourage their neighbors to do early colon cancer screening.

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      • Colorectal cancer

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        • Getting Behind Colorectal Screening

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          When he was in the working world, Larry Mickley was required to have a yearly physical. He kept up the practice after retirement. Seven years ago it paid off. “In that physical, just on a bowel smear they said ‘uh oh, you may have a problem’ so one thing led to another thing until a colonoscopy and I found out that I had rectal cancer.” Treating the stage one cancer required chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. Larry is now a colorectal cancer survivor. Many others aren’t as fortunate. “Colorectal cancer is actually the second cancer killer,” says Dr. Janette Gaw, a colorectal surgeon on Lee Memorial Health System’s medical staff. Dr. Gaw wants people to get behind colorectal awareness. A colonoscopy to screen for polyps can catch the disease early or eliminate it altogether. “The good news about colonoscopies is that they can actually prevent cancers because technically polyps are the things that grow up to become cancers.” The current recommendation is that people should get a colonoscopy at age 50, earlier if they have a family history of the disease or symptoms such as change in bowel habits or rectal bleeding. In most cases, there are no signs at all, making screening all the more important. “A lot of people come in to see me to get their colon cancers removed and they’re kicking themselves going my doctor has told me to get this colonoscopy many years ago but something always came up,” says Dr. Gaw. Now Larry has a new job, he heads up the area’s colorectal cancer support. “At my meeting and anytime I’m with anybody I stress early detection.” Colorectal cancer is preventable, treatable and beatable. Those are words to live by. View More Health Matters video segments at leememorial.org/healthmatters/ Lee Memorial Health System in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of medical care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For nearly a century, we've been providing our community with everything from primary care treatment to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries. Visit leememorial.org

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