Gastrointestinal Health

Vineel Kankanala, MD, showing his passion for gastroenterology as he poses for a photo underneath an inflatable colon at the Digestive Disease Week Conference.

Spotlight on IBS and GI Health: The Last Thing Millennials Want to Talk About

By Melissa Schenkman, MPH, MSJ It’s a subject you just don’t want to talk about. Anything related to our gastrointestinal tract (GI), the part of your body that digests food, absorbs nutrients, and expels waste, (to put it kindly), seems to be something best kept behind closed doors. But you can’t escape the headlines highlighting

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Colorectal Cancer and Millennials:What to Be Aware of and Why Young-Onset Cancers Differ

By: Melissa Schenkman, MPH, MSJ What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the words “colorectal cancer”? For some in their 20s, 30s, or early 40s, the response is: “that’s an old man’s disease.” Not anymore. Over the past three decades, colorectal cancer has continually become a millennial disease too. Not because

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Colorectal Cancer and Millennials: Colon Polyps versus Colon Cancer – How Millennials Can Be Proactive

By: Melissa Schenkman, MPH, MSJ When I checked in for my first colonoscopy at age 38, the health journalist in me couldn’t help but ask the nurse this as my first question: “Am I the youngest person you’ve seen in the waiting room today?” She nodded her head and responded, “Yes, you are.” My response:

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Challenging Colorectal Cancer: How Millennials’ Ages, Health Profiles, and Our Healthcare System Complicate Diagnosis and Prevention from Primary Care to Gastrointestinal Specialist – What We Can Do to Change It

By: Melissa Schenkman, MPH, MSJ Why are millennials developing colorectal cancer when we live in a country with tests available to prevent it? Believe it or not, every day seemingly young and healthy people in their 20s, 30s, and 40s receive the life-changing news that they have colorectal cancer. In 2020, the most up-to-date data

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