A Colonoscopy Can Save Your Life

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from AAMC Magazine – Feb 19, 2016

inner beauty2Colon cancer is the third most common form of cancer in the United States. It is also the second deadliest cancer that affects both men and women. However, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, if everyone ages 50 or older had regular screenings, up to 60 percent of colon cancer deaths could be prevented. In fact, many cases of colon cancer can be completely prevented through a simple screening exam called colonoscopy.

“Colon cancer is preventable through the removal of intestinal polyps, which have the potential to become cancerous,” says Surgical Oncologist Naeem Newman, MD. “This can be done during colonoscopy.”

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Zika Virus

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mosquitoThe Zika virus is a mosquito-borne viral illness. This virus was first identified in 1947 in a rhesus monkey in Uganda. It was identified in humans in 1952 in Uganda and Tanzania. The Zika virus is in the Flavivirus family, the same family of viruses that cause Japanese encephalitis, West Nile fever and Yellow Fever.

How is Zika virus infection transmitted?  Zika virus is transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito. Infected pregnant women can transmit the virus to the fetus. There are no reports of transmission from mother to baby through breast feeding. Spread of the virus through sexual contact and blood transfusion has also been reported.

What are the symptoms?

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