Each year, 140,000 people are diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and 50,000 people die from it. The disease is highly detectable with a 90 percent healing rate when discovered early by a colonoscopy.
A colonoscopy searches for polyps, which are small growths that can potentially turn into cancer. If a polyp is found, it can be removed to significantly decrease the chances of developing cancer in that area. While annual colonoscopies are recommended for people over the age of 50, 13,000 people younger than 50 are diagnosed with the disease every year.
If you have a family history of any type of cancer, you must be vigilant about annual screenings starting as early as 35. If you experience symptoms such as rectal bleeding, change in bowel function, unexplained weight loss and abnormal abdominal pain, contact your doctor immediately.
• ER physician Dr. Travis Stork led a panel discussion of top physicians to raise awareness about colorectal cancer and digestive disease. Watch the recap!
• Make that call for colorectal cancer
• Colorectal Cancer PSA
A Real Life Super Hero
Six-year-old Max stole millions of hearts playing Darth Vader in one of this year's most memorable commercials, but most people don't know that he was born with a congenital heart disorder. Max and his mom join The Doctors and open up about living with a heart condition that is diagnosed in one out of 1,000 American children each year.
Miss Delaware Takes a Stand
Miss America 2011 finalist and current Miss Delaware, Kayla Martell, opens up about living with alopecia areata, an incurable disease affecting 5 million Americans, which has left her with little to no hair on her head and body. Kayla reaches out to 12-year-old Brooke, a victim of school bullying, to raise awareness about the condition and show her how to be proud of what makes her different.
Two years ago, 30-year-old Trina was diagnosed with aplastic anemia, a form of leukemia that inhibits the bone marrow from producing enough blood cells. While chemotherapy can successfully treat the disease, it destroys a woman's fertility by accelerating menopause and damaging her eggs. To preserve her fertility, Trina decided to freeze her eggs. Both Trina and fertility specialist Dr. Geoffrey Sher discuss the latest developments in reproductive medicine and the benefits of freezing eggs.
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